I had the pleasure of taking Mel Helitzer’s humor writing class at Ohio University. He was a great and generous man, and he is missed. This is one of the concepts he taught us that has stuck with me to this day. Does it hold true all of the time? I’m not sure. But is it an idea that is present in most comedy? Is it something that lurks beneath the surface of humor that we seldom think about. I believe it is.
“Humor is disguised hostility.” – Melvin Hellitzer, Comedy Writer/Professor