The bogus logic we see in life trickles into every aspect of living, including into the jokes we tell and the comics we see and read. Why we laugh has long been a debate of philosophers and other academicians, but applying logic to humor cuts through the haze of ambiguity and double-talk, exposing the joke for its meaning rather than its reception.
Presuming comedy is defined as applied humor whereby we laugh together rather than at one another, analyzing a joke for its logical content allows us to determine if the joke falls under the category of comedy or something different, such as tragedy or drama, which is often times described as having a comic twist. The comic twist in a tragedy, for example, does not reclassify Hamlet as a comedy.
Directing logic toward the joke to better understand the misconception helps us recognize faulty logic in humor and elsewhere in our lives, giving us an unique glimpse into the truth behind what we're being told.
Comedians may benefit from an analytical review of their joke material to better understand why a joke falls flat, offends, or receives a standing ovation. I aim to build upon this theory and provide a platform by which jokes can be modified contextually to meet the true goal of the comedian - to make the audience laugh.
I apologize in advance if I have analyzed to death what might ordinarily had been a "funny" comic...