Shock humour is a style of comedy intended to shock the audience. This can be achieved through excessively foul toilet humour, overt sexual themes, mocking of serious themes (otherwise known as black comedy), or through tactlessness in the aftermath of a crisis.
In radio, shock jocks use this brand of humour. In conservative communities, such risque broadcasting can cause controversy, such as Jim Quinn and Don Jefferson's "Stupid Human Tricks" segment of their late-1980s WBZZ-FM show.
Proponents of shock humour include Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Green, and Norm Macdonald. The television shows Family Guy, The Ren and Stimpy Show, South Park, Superjail!, Jackass, and Da Ali G Show. have also been described as shock humour.
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