Caustic humour

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Caustic humour is a type of humour which relies on witty insults. As is implied by the name (which literally means humour which is designed to burn or to corrode), it involves the clever use of language to convey biting, insulting, or sometimes even cruel remarks.

This kind of humour is often attributed to such comedians and comedic writers as Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Bea Arthur, Andrew Dice Clay, Simon Amstell and UK politician Dennis Skinner.


  • 'The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them.[1]'
Lenny Bruce
  • ' The only truly anonymous donor is the guy who knocks up your daughter.[1]'
Lenny Bruce
  • Let me ask you a question...: the first time you fiddled her, was she any good? Yeah? Now let me ask you another question: how do you think she got that way?
Andrew Dice Clay
  • Releasing videos on YouTube is kind of like throwing messages in bottles out into a churning sea made up entirely of messages in bottles: the chance of your message getting noticed and someone being sent out to rescue you is punishingly slim.
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw.