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My dictionary defines a "roast" as "severe banter or criticism." It is often used as a humorous form of tribute. Given, however, that all humor has a destructive element, and that the humor in a roast is directed at a subject that is presumably of value to the roasters, isn't it a nihilistic form of expression?

asked Jun 27 '13 at 20:41

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El Manantial

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(Jul 01 '13 at 18:54) JK Gregg ♦ JK%20Gregg's gravatar image

From dictionary.reference.com:

  1. ... Humor consists principally in the recognition and expression of incongruities or peculiarities present in a situation or character. It is frequently used to illustrate some fundamental absurdity in human nature or conduct ...

Now you could ask why that is funny. If life-affirming actions are good, then the humour must strike a chord in someone, so it's a relaxation of a pain of some sort. Now if someone gets relaxation from nihilism - then it's destructive. Key word here is "absurd" - a word heavily used in the philosophy of existentialism.

(Jul 02 '13 at 04:57) lukas lukas's gravatar image

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