Black comedy

comic work that employs black humor or gallows humor

Humour noir (Français for black comedy) is making humor from dark and serious subjects, such as war, famine, poverty, etc.

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A photograph (photo) of an humour noir television (TV) show.
The "Hopscotch to oblivion" sign, which is obviously an example of humour noir.

The term black humor (from the French humour noir) was coined by the surrealist André Breton in 1935.[1]

Some famous examples of black comedy include The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, Moral Orel, Robot Chicken, Happy Tree Friends, Lasagna Cat, and Don't Hug Me I'm Scared.


  1. Breton, André 1935. Anthologie de l'humour noir. Paris. Translation: Anthology of black humor 2001. City Lights, transl. Mark Polizzotti. ISBN 978-0-872-86321-7