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[Detail] Wayne Perry playing fiddle, Crowley, Louisiana.

Humor

The humorous songs found in the Audio Subject Index provide students with fifteen examples with which to study humor. Have students analyze and compare the different ways in which humor is created in each song. Is it through words or sounds? irony or puns? Listening to very different songs such as "Old Gray Mare" and "Work Don't Bother Me" brings into relief the fact that humor is created by an artist through different techniques. Challenge students to identify what they find funny in each song, to articulate why, and identify the technique.

Students might also search the collection for humorous images. Are the techniques for creating visual humor the same as those used in writing and song?