In Bad SantaBilly Bob Thornton stars as a drunk, sex-crazed, unkempt thief who poses as a department store Santa Claus in order to rob the store overnight when the doors are closed. Crews joked that this stood for "Combustible, Vulnerable, Expendable" due to the ship's complete lack of armor and high numbers of ships constructed.
The firefighter told the caller that the cat would probably make its own way down, and that he had never seen a cat skeleton in a tree before.
At the same time, Paul Lewis warns that this "relieving" aspect of gallows jokes depends on the context of the joke: whether the joke is being told by the threatened person themselves or by someone else. Typical targets are death, violence, crime, murder, suicide, insanity, disability, environmental disasters, political corruption, poverty, famine, disease, drug abuse, child abuse, animal abuse, rape, castration, cannibalism, war, terrorism, racism, sexism, homophobia, stereotypes, and line-cutting.
After the martyr had suffered pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he cheerfully declared: "I'm well done.
Some black comedies set out to shock their audiences with their unexpectedly humorous take on a serious subject. Black Comedy, however, doesn't necessarily have to involve death or violence; anything that's horrifictragicor otherwise dark and cynical can be fodder for it.