Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 2 June 2023                                             Pp.327-343

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 Humor in The Stand-Up Comedy You Wanna Hear Something Crazy?: A Universal
Pragmatic Study  

Zainab Ahmed Mohammed
Department of English, College of Education for Womenp
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Corresponding Author:

Nawal Fadhil Abbas
Department of English, College of Education for Women
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq


Received:02/12/2023         Accepted: 06/2/2023                  Published:06/24/2023

Humor is an interesting phenomenon that has been studied widely, yet it is considered a universal trait that cannot be an old subject for a study. This study is conducted to investigate humor from a universal pragmatic lens in a stand-up comedy show, namely, You Wanna Hear Something Crazy?. It aims to study humor as a coin with two sides, the production side and the understanding side. To achieve the aim of the study, the researchers use an eclectic contains Grice’s CP model (1975) and Habermas’s UP model (1979, 1984, 1987, 1998). The study has noted that while using the observance and the non-observance of the cooperative maxims to produce humor, the universal validity claims of truth, sincerity, and normative rightness for reaching a mutual understanding with the audience are raised. The study concludes that more than one maxim can be used, whether it is observed or non-observed, to produce humor. Besides, humor can be produced through the combination sequence of the observance and the non-observance of maxims. It is also shown that humor has adhered to the universal validity claims of truth, sincerity, and normative rightness. On the whole, humor is used communicatively to get the hearer into a mutual understanding.
Keywords: Cooperative Principle, Humor, Stand-up Comedy, Universal Pragmatics, Validity
Claims, You Wanna Hear Something Crazy?.

Cite as:  Mohammed, Z. A., & Abbas, N.F. (2023). Humor in The Stand-Up Comedy You Wanna Hear Something Crazy?: A Universal Pragmatic Study.  Arab World English Journal, 14 (2) 327-343.


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Received: 02/12/2023
Accepted: 06/2/2023  
Published: 06/24/2023  

Zainab Ahmed Mohammed is an M.A. candidate in the Department of English, University of Baghdad, College of Education for Women. Her major is Linguistics, and she is interested in several fields within linguistics, including pragmatics and universal pragmatics. ORCiD:

Nawal Fadhil Abbas is a professor with a Ph.D. in English Language and Linguistics. She teaches in the Department of English, University of Baghdad, College of Education for Women. Her research interests include Pragmatics, Stylistics, and Critical Discourse Analysis. ORCiD: