Pandemic Humor: Inventory of the Humor Scripts Produced during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Torres, J.M., Collantes, L.M., Astrero, E.T., Millan, A.R., & Gabriel, C.M. (2020). Pandemic humor: Inventory of the humor scripts produced during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Asian EFL Journal, 7(3.1), 138-164.

21 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2020 Last revised: 2 Aug 2021

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Joel Mayo Torres

Department of Secondary Education, College of Education, Central Luzon State University

Leila M. Collantes

Central Luzon State University (CLSU)

Emily T. Astrero

Central Luzon State University (CLSU)

Arceli R. Millan

Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Carlo M. Gabriel

Southern Institute of Technology

Date Written: June 30, 2020

Abstract

Humor is no cure for COVID-19, does feed the hungry, nor can pay the bills of the jobless. Many do not approve of humor out of crisis, yet millions of people have come up with COVID-19 related humor scripts on social medial platforms if only to soften grief, lighten mood, and distract people from the struggle in accepting the new normal. Humor is also used as coping mechanism for the bad scenario experienced by many. Everybody tends to laugh at those they love and hate, and many times they joke about the good and bad fortunes of people. The present quantitative-qualitative study documents and categorizes the 214 humor scripts (equal distribution of Tagalog and English humor scripts) that were produced and circulated in social media platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collected humor scripts were coded according to humor types (i.e., aggressive, national/ethnic, positive, self-deprecating, sexual, sexist), humor targets, humor subjects and humor structure (i.e., conversational, narrative, one-liner, question and answer, verse/lyrical). Humor targets and subjects exclusive to Tagalog and English humor scripts were also discussed.

Keywords: humor, type, target, subject, structure, COVID-19

JEL Classification: I19

Suggested Citation

Torres, Joel Mayo and Collantes, Leila M. and Astrero, Emily T. and Millan, Arceli R. and Gabriel, Carlo M., Pandemic Humor: Inventory of the Humor Scripts Produced during the COVID-19 Outbreak (June 30, 2020). Torres, J.M., Collantes, L.M., Astrero, E.T., Millan, A.R., & Gabriel, C.M. (2020). Pandemic humor: Inventory of the humor scripts produced during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Asian EFL Journal, 7(3.1), 138-164. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3679473 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3679473

Joel Mayo Torres (Contact Author)

Department of Secondary Education, College of Education, Central Luzon State University ( email )

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Science City of Munoz
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija 3119
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Leila M. Collantes

Central Luzon State University (CLSU) ( email )

Barangay Bantug
Science City of Munoz
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija 3119
Philippines

Emily T. Astrero

Central Luzon State University (CLSU) ( email )

Barangay Bantug
Science City of Munoz
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija 3119
Philippines

Arceli R. Millan

Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology ( email )

Gen. Tinio Street
Cabanatuan City, 3100
Philippines

Carlo M. Gabriel

Southern Institute of Technology ( email )

133 Tay St
Invercargill, 9810
New Zealand

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