Some examples of twisted humor include jokes that poke fun at sensitive subject matter and somehow manage to find humor in controversial topics such as racism, abortion and domestic violence. Certain comedians specialize in twisted comedy, such as Anthony Jeselnik, who offers no apologies for his politically incorrect stand-up routine. Twisted humor is often a facet of challenging professions, such as the military, where it relieves pressure and functions as a coping mechanism.Continue Reading
Offensive Humor offers some examples of twisted humor, such as a photo of the African-American character from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with a caption explaining that, unlike Luke Skywalker, he won't find his father. Another photo shows a gas station sign advertising an ex-wife sale with duct tape, chainsaws and shovels for purchase, while a cartoon displays The Aborter, a dubious superhero armed with a coat hanger.
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik earns laughs on stage, as well as on his Comedy Central series, "The Jeselnik Offensive," by deliberately delivering jokes in brazenly bad taste. He jokes, for instance, that because of his girlfriend, he strives to be a better man - because then he can find a better girlfriend. He also compares Jesus to Buddha, wondering which one was smarter: "I mean, just in terms of not letting themselves get crucified."
On another end of the professional spectrum, twisted humor is a common theme in the military. A U.S. Special Forces unit made light of serious business, for example, by using a list of "white-trash" female names as battle strategy code words. "Shauna" means helicopters are hovering; "Tory, Taylor, Tammy" is code to quickly exit the danger zone. The infamous list, courtesy of the movie "Ted," manages to elicit snickers from otherwise serious-minded soldiers in a life-or-death situation.Learn more about Jokes