Humor, it's more complex than we think. Humor is a complex, unique phenomenon, where there is no general theory of humor or even a certain definition. One person whom I interviewed named Patrick said "Humor is something god needs." Another individual whom I interviewed named Wali said "Humor is something I need to not think about the bad things."
When we try to or attempt to define exactly what counts as humor and what does not, or even how humor operates, we find it quite difficult. The word humor is actually comprised of three components which is Wit, Mirth and laughter. Mirth is the emotional experience part, Wit is the cognitive experience part, and laughter is the physiological experience part.
We often equate laughter with humor, but there are many instances of laughter (tickling, nervousness, etc.) that clearly have little to do with humor. Humor is a quality of perception that enables us to experience joy even when faced with adversity.
Stress is an adverse condition during which we may experience tension or fatigue, feel unpleasant emotions and sometimes develop a sense of hopelessness or futility. You cannot feel stress, angry, depressed, anxious, guilty, or resentful and experience humor at the same time. Like beauty being in the eyes of the beholder, humor is in the funny bone of the receiver of the experience. Similarly, there are many instances of humor that do not result in laughter due to the mood of the appreciator, the social context, etc. There is different types of humors like :
Anecdotes: Anecdotes are nothing but narration of interesting humorous events, which can be used to make the audience laugh. This is a very popular type of comedy. Banter: Banter is a form of comedy that includes sitcoms, exchange of witty remarks, and participation in harmless teasing. Blendword: Blendword comedy is nothing but the creation of funny words by blending two or three words. Blue Humor/Off-Color Humor: There is a thin line between blue-humor and vulgarity. Blue humor is based on subjects like body parts or sex. Blunder: This is a genre of humor, which involves a character or a comedian making foolish mistakes, which seem humorous to others. Burlesque: This is a form of satire, since Burlesque comedy involves ridiculing any basic style of speech or even writing. Burlesque is theatrical entertainment of broad and parodic humor, which usually involves comic skits. It is said to have originated from the Italian Commedia dell'arte. Black Humor/Dark Comedy: Black humor or dark comedy often refers to the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements to create a disturbing effect. Black comedy, is a sub-genre of comedy and satire where grave topics like death, rape, murder, marital affair, human annihilation or domestic violence are treated in a satirical manner. Humor is super complex, It is way different than we could ever think.