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ENC 1101 - Prof. Geerling: Personal Humor Essay


Personal Humor Analysis Essay


Description: The Personal Humor Analysis Essay will apply humor theory to your personal sense of humor.

Directions: Using what you’ve learned from O’Shannon’s essay and from in-class lectures, analyze your personal sense of humor. Give examples and support for your analysis.

Before You Write: You may fall neatly into one category of humor theory or blend of different theories may appeal to you. First, decide which theories apply more strongly to you. Make a list of examples for each category that prove why this is your sense of humor.

As You Write: Because this is a personal essay, your humor history is relevant. How has family or culture influenced your sense of humor? Has your humor stayed consistent or has it developed over time? How do the humor theories help you understand your own humor better?

Structure: Think about how to structure the essay. How will you organize the information? Where does it start and how can you develop your thoughts logically to reveal a new understanding at the end.

Introduction: overview and a thesis statement about which theories think apply to you

Body: Using examples from your life, show how the humor theories are present in your sense of humor.

                        Conclusion: Reveal a new understanding of humor

Research: Don’t. This essay is meant to be a personal statement, not a research paper. There should be no use of outside sources. Therefore, no works cited list is needed. Every sentence should come from you. If you are discussing humor theories, use your own words. The theories themselves are common knowledge in the field and don’t need to be cited. If you quote from my lecture or the textbook, you’ll have to cite it. Please paraphrase instead. Quotations and citations are coming later in the semester.


  1. The essay should be a full one to two pages long (approximately 300-500 words).
  2. Correct MLA format must be used.
  3. Contents must address the assignment, be formally organized, and demonstrate a clear and thorough understanding of the material.