Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Modern Art Experience 

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The placard reads:

Untitled, Sally McDouche
2007, ink on canvas

By setting up the joke as a traditional "guy walks into a bar" zinger, the joke-teller has given the listener a certain expectation -- one she dashes expertly, when instead she changes the meaning of the word "bar" with the application of her cunning punchline.

In doing so, she challenges what we perceive as the traditional joke, and indeed asks us to question why we find anything funny at all. Indeed, one could say the very underpinnings of comedy have been laid bare under McDouche's expert dissection.

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