3 madness masks and laughter an essay on comedy cause laughter and in an attempt to avoid too many overnice technical distinctions at the outset for example between farce and satire burlesque and travesty all comic sub genres and modes are tossed into a single terminological melting pot that is intended to filter out what they have in . Madness masks and laughter an essay on comedy is an exploration of narrative and dramatic comedy as a laughter inducing phenomenon the theatrical metaphors of mask appearance and illusion are used as structural linchpins in an attempt to categorize the many and extremely varied manifestations of comedy and to find out what they may have in common with one another. This page lists publications in humor research with brief annotationsthe list includes books scholarly journals that regularly cover articles in humor research as well as some seminal frequently cited journal articles about humor this list is not intended for humorous books and joke collections that do not have any scholarly analysis of humor. A comedy without gags has little chance of fulfilling the core imperative of any comedy audience laughter spontaneous and involuntary laughter is compulsory in comedy wry smiles knowing winks and mutters of well played sir well played are all very well but laughing out loud is an audience demand
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