Throughout history’s darkest times, people have exhibited a particular type of humor: dark humor, also known as black humor, black comedy, dark comedy, or gallows humor.
That’s my favorite kind. I like absurd, random stuff. But with a dark twist. Black humor makes fun of the things that terrify us. It’s a coping mechanism.
Some people think death is taboo as a topic for jokes.
But every stand up comic and every cartoonist knows that taboo jokes get the biggest laughs, the guilty laughs, and the biggest dopamine release.
Humor is not supposed to be polite. It’s supposed to mock bad things.
Here’s a little selection of some of my favorite cartoons, about life’s painful little absurdities that make me laugh.
“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.”
"If you're a fan of Gary Larson's The Far Side, you'll love Gaspirtz's Dark Humor."
-Not Abraham Lincoln
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About the Author
Gaspirtz's award-winning cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines like Saturday Evening Post, SUN and National Enquirer.
His work has also been featured in dozens of books, including the New York Times best-selling series, Chicken Soup For The Soul.
You might have seen some of his comics online, on sites like BuzzFeed.
Gaspirtz cartoons have been on display in several museums, like the Museum of Modern Art in Tehran, Iran and the National Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Florida.
In the late 1980s, Gaspirtz founded a video game development company called Amok Entertainment.
After programming several 8-bit games, he retired from coding and focused on game design as project manager for games like Pot Panic and Woody The Worm. Some of Amok's games were published by a subsidiary of Electronic Arts.