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The use of captions in visual media in order to invoke a humorous effect. Specifically, the caption uses the scene as a joke setup and delivers a punchline to it. This includes commenting the scene, pointing out the obvious or even absolute non sequiturs.
- The Spoony Experiment uses these a lot.
- Help uses them. The funniest moment is probably when a tiger enters the scene and the caption "A Tiger" pops up on the screen.
- Sometimes used on this very Wiki.
- Often used on Flickr, especially with photos of museum displays where the real exhibit caption can't be seen. One example had a human standing next to a rocket for scale and the caption was: "You should never stand this close to a rocket. Unless you are demonstrating how cool it is."
- In The Onion AV Club, they used to do a humorous caption for a pic from one of the movies being reviewed that week, but they haven't done it in years.
- The "Spanish Inqusition" sketch in Monty Python's Flying Circus has the caption "DIABOLICAL LAUGHTER" followed with "DIABOLICAL ACTING".
- And the "Architects" sketch, in which the caption "SATIRE" starts flashing over a very obvious piece of satire.
- The opening credits of Monty Python and The Holy Grail has this, with inane comments about mooses and llamas.
- Looney Tunes had funny scientific names for the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
- There was a very similar thing in the opening of The Day Today: Chris Morris would read out an ostensible headline and then a piece of genuine news footage would play to humourous effect.
- Running rampant on the Internet, particularly Imageboards and Deviant ART, are De/Motivators, which are designed in the vein of typical office motivational posters.
- Chopping Block pages consist entirely of an usually silent picture and a caption.
- From Cracked, we got Craptions!
- Hey Hey It's Saturday would have amusing sarcastic captions show up every now and again. Caricatures of the guests would serve the same purpose. Note: these were all done live.
- Burn Notice initially used captions to identify people that Michael was dealing with, but they have started to become more comical, such as repeating an earlier assessment of a character, identifying them as "Arrogant Jerk" or something similar.
- A scene in Thank You for Smoking has a terribly funny derogatory caption when the boss says the word "environmentalist".
- Used in recent X-Men comics, providing a brief, usually humorous bio of any character who shows up, including these two, which popped up during a Fastball Special.
Colussus: Bio-organic steel. Fastball tops out at 220 miles per hour.
Wolverine: Claws and healing factor. Currently moving at 220 miles per hour.
- Much of the humor of "The Word" segments on The Colbert Report arises from the captions at the side of the screen, clarifying or elaborating upon what Stephen says aloud.
- Sometimes the captions take a life of their own. When Colbert started bashing on Islam in one episode, the captions tried to leave, but Colbert forced them to stay.
- Many YouTube gameplay videos utilize this technique to remain interesting.
- Used often in Ouran High School Host Club as a lot of its humor revolves around wordplay.
- Regular feature of any magazine aimed at young adults. Particularly the case in lad's mags like FHM and Loaded.
- In the DVD Bonus Content for Daybreakers, there's a behind the scenes look at shooting a particular scene, with "Drunken Idiot Ruining Take" following, well, a drunken idiot running in the background ruining the take.
- The Blurb versions of Happy Tree Friends episodes.