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What does observational comedy mean? Is it a type of genre?


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Correct, this is a popular type of comedy (particularly in standup comedy). It's comedy based on observations of everyday life. You can understand it as being based on the premises "have you ever noticed?" or "did you ever wonder why?" A comedian might make an joke about something that might occur in one's everyday life, such as "have you ever noticed that the bus or train is never on time when you have somewhere important to be?" The audience might not have wondered about it before, but will immediately relate with the joke and recognize that such absurdities do occur in everyday life.

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