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Another humor component

My apologies for not posting sooner, but personal life has gotten in the way of many things, so if you were eagerly awaiting another component of good humor, thanks for your patience.

Another important component of humor is Exaggeration. Mel Helitzer, author of Comedy Writing Secrets, discusses the Rule of THREES of humor. This is the second E (I'm working my way backward through the list).

Basically, things that are ordinary are not always funny. Most jokes involve some type of exaggeration and/or absurd to make the humor. For example, there's the joke about the three guys who are all going to be executed by firing squad. The first man is lined up, the shooters take aim, and he yells "TORNADO!" Everyone runs for shelter, and he runs off safely. The second man is then lined up, the shooters take aim, and he yells "HURRICANE!" Everyone runs for shelter again, and the man runs off to safety. So the third man is lined up, the shooters take aim, and the man yells…