gallows humor

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gallows humor,

n a dark or morbid sense of humor unique to people who deal with suffering and tragedy—for example, patients who are terminally ill joking about their illness or death as a means of coping with the illness.
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Gallows humor is not a feel-good, Patch Adams kind of humor, but it is not synonymous with all cruel humor, either.
Likewise, the medics display gallows humor while doing their jobs, which, one doctor explains, ``helps keep us sane.
Bonami, betraying his gallows humor, adds a third element, enshrining Jeff Koons's Rabbit, 1986, under a spotlight midway down one of the long walls.
A top-flight east headlining Miki Manojlovic and Lazar Ristovski makes pic's surreal gallows humor click, though like most comedies, it probably works better at home than abroad.
The violent reality of the mid-1970s is confronted with sharply imagined gallows humor as well as insightful observations.
With Jackson, who underwent an angioplasty during the 2003 playoffs, it was a bit of gallows humor.
All this proceeds as pic sways awkwardly between poorly sustained suspense and rarely amusing gallows humor.
Night of the Living Dead,'' Romero's no-budget, 1968 black-and-white feature debut, was such a perfect little combination of grotesque horror, gallows humor and implied social commentary that it simply can never be equaled - although innumerable, less-engaged talents have attempted to - or just stolen its best ideas for their own exploitive purposes - since.
Kennedy's themes are almost always dark, but her gallows humor and her elegance as a stylist are strangely inviting, eliciting gasps, sighs, and the occasional complicitously sinister laugh.
9-point earthquake that struck during Hollywood Park's second race Thursday, the quake did inspire some gallows humor from track announcer Vic Stauffer.
Gallows humor rules the land of the sad and oblivious characters that populate his paintings and ink drawings, on view recently at Leo Koenig.
One of the greatest casts of tough-guy farceurs ever assembled - Don Rickles, ``Dozen's'' Telly Savalas, a proto-hippie Donald Sutherland, a pre-Archie Bunker Carroll O'Connor, Gavin McLeod, Harry Dean Stanton - keeps the gallows humor incredibly lively.