Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Love Those Shaggy Dog Stories

Here are my special friends who represent for me a genre called the shaggy dog story, in this case a shaggy chicken and a shaggy skunk.

"In its original sense, a shaggy dog story is an extremely long-winded tale featuring extensive narration of typically irrelevant incidents, usually resulting in a pointless or absurd punchline. These stories are a special case of yarns, coming from the long tradition of campfire yarns.

"Shaggy dog stories play upon the audience's preconceptions of the art of joke telling. The audience listens to the story with certain expectations, which are either simply not met or met in some entirely unexpected manner."

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