Every its ridiculousness. In the essay, “Me

Every person around the world contains at least a little bit of sarcasm in them, some more than others. We use sarcasm to prove something is untrue, in order to show its ridiculousness. In the essay, “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris, comedy and sarcasm are displayed in many different forms and variations. Sedaris uses high comedy in situations where humor is not easily conceivable, he uses irony in times where sarcasm would not fit, and also tidbits of hyperboles and absurdities to exaggerate. Humor is established by Sedaris in many ways, but the main three types are high comedy, hyperboles, and forms of irony. Right off the bat, Sedaris uses absurdity and exaggeration to create a light hearted sense of humor. Hyperboles in this essay creates an insight that allows the reader to truly understand the effect and cause of why the author chose to use this style of humor. In the first paragraph, after establishing the fact he will be a new student at the age of 41, herevales all the student perks that come with a student ID. He says it allows him a, “discounted entry fee at the movie theaters, puppet shows, and Festyland, a far-flung amusement park that advertises with billboards picturing a cartoon stegosaurus sitting in a canoe and eating what appears to be a ham sandwich” (Sidaris). Students do receive discounts at museums and movie theaters, but the added absurdity of a 41 year old attending at puppet show or an amusement park for children, is funny because of its exaggeration. Another example of farce Sidaris adds to the mix comes at the end of the second paragraph, where he creates an allsuion that makes a foolish picture. His compares his discomfort of being surrounded by students who look younger and speak better French as, “causing me to feel not unlike Pa Kettle trapped backstage after a fashion show” (Sidaris). I researched who Pa Kettle was, and found out he was in a TV show in the 1950s. Pa and his wife were living a life that wasn’t their style. The author’s use of this allusion calls attention to the absurdity of his own feelings of different amonngst the other students.