Stand Up Comedy & Horror

You can never laugh at a Jim Gaffigan joke the way you did the first time you heard it because you see the punchline coming. You’ll never be as scared of The Sixth Sense as you were the first time you watched it because you know where the jump scares come in. Stand-up and horror both rely on the element of surprise. As a result, they both have maximum emotional impact on first viewing.

But if you do re-watch them, you’ll be compensated by being able to see more of the artistry. When you’re less swept up in the emotional experience, you notice more about how the creators elicited those emotions in the first place. You’ll hear how Gaffigan times his setups and how M. Night Shyamalan lead you to the swerve.

It’s a different kind of fun, but it’s fun.