Sign Language Humor
360 Translations International Inc.
August 22, 2014
When you think about physical comedy, there may be a flash of images of the silent comedians or the absurd leg movements of John Cleese (he had a hip replacement surgery). But the role of physical movements in comedy is not just confined to one-note jokes or slapstick genre. It goes beyond that. Even the most word-oriented humor depends on a facial expression or subtle gestures.
Take, for instance, jokes that are entirely based on wordplay. Jimmy Carr—an expert of this type of humor entertainment—may be a self-acclaimed ventriloquist, but a confused head movement here and raised eyebrow there abruptly makes the jokes funnier than wordplay alone.
Importance of Facial Expressions to Convey Humor in Deaf Community
Indeed, facial expressions or gestures are an important part of comedy performances. Another community, to whom gesture is particularly important, is the deaf community. Like every community and culture enjoys humor, the hearing impaired does as well.
A lot of what is amusing for hearing people is amusing for hearing impaired. However, there are some types of comedies that one group likes more than the other. The role of humor in the deaf community is quite significant and slightly different from what you observe among hearing people. Two important aspects that help with better interpretation of humor . . .