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Self-deprecation is the act of belittling, undervaluing or disparaging oneself.[1] It can be used in humor and tension release.[2] Self-deprecation is often perceived as being a characteristic of certain nations, for example of the British where "blowing one's own trumpet" is common, even encouraged.[3] It is also seen as a major component of the comedy of American comedians such as Joan Rivers,[4] Louis C.K., Don Knotts,[5] and Woody Allen.[6]

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  1. ^ "Self-deprecation". The Free Dictionary. Farlex. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ Hill, Matthew. "The Funny Thing About Work". Society for Intercultural Training and Research. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Self-Deprecation". Debrett's. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Morris, Wesley (2010-06-20). "The many faces of Joan Rivers". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ "Don Knotts Obituary: View Don Knotts's Obituary by The Washington Post". 2006-02-25. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  6. ^ Forward, The (2009-06-10). "Is self-deprecation killing Jewish comedy? - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper". Retrieved 2013-07-01.