Insult comedy

Insult comedy is a comedy genre in which the act consists mainly of offensive insults directed at the performer's audience or other performers.[1]

Typical targets for insult include individuals in the show's audience, the town hosting the performance, or the subject of a roast. An insult comedian often maintains a competitive and interactive relationship with his or her audience. The style has been described as "festive abuse".

The style can be distinguished from an act based on satire, or political humor. Insult comedy is often used to deflect or silence hecklers even when the rest of the show is not focused around it.

Notable performers

See also


  1. James Mendrinos, Jim Mendrinos (2004), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Penguin, ISBN 978-1-59257-231-1
  2. W. McCaffrey (2005), The road to comedy, ISBN 978-0-275-98257-7
  3. Davis, Lauren. "A Latin Poem So Filthy It Wasn't Translated Until the 20th Century", Gizmodo, June 11, 2014
  4. Higgins, Charlotte. "Catullus still shocks 2,000 years on", The Guardian, November 24, 2009
  5. Alan Havig (1991-10-10), Fred Allen's Radio Comedy, ISBN 978-0-87722-810-3
  6. O'Connor, Anahad. "Greg Giraldo, Insult-Humor Comic, Dies at 44", The New York Times, September 30, 2010
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