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Based on this paper, I think that kind of joke best falls under the category of "conversational humor." It has a strong audience-participatory element (much like a knock-knock joke does). On stage, added humor can be derived from the audience's failure or hesitation to participate in such jokes, the comic acting desperate because he's been "...


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This very much reminds me of British pantomime theatre, or at least a key trait featured in it. It incentivizes the audience to communicate with the actors, often by having them repeat (and slightly alter) statements. Link: Audience participation is probably the most important part of British Pantomime tradition. Even the most serious and mature members of ...


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