Sappy Dayz is a webcomic that doesn't have any idols. It pokes fun at pretty much everything you can imagine. X-rated entertainment, death, even our own stupidity, nothing is off-limits.
In a way, you can view these comics as short personality tests. You scroll through them, pay attention to which ones you find funny and which ones offend you, and the topics where you draw the line can tell a lot about your values and idols.
The creator of the series (let's call them Sappy Sap), says it is "politically incorrect, bold, and sometimes over the line" and "if you are offended by anything published here and feel the need to express your outrage please kindly f**k right off". They don't care.
"I'm a professional comedian and writer who likes to doodle silly cartoons to help people stay entertained while they poop," Sappy Sap told Bored Panda. "I don't like the idea of my public persona associated with my cartoons so I keep my identity secret which lets me escape the 'cancel culture' that exists today for humorists like myself."
The artist said that if Sappy Dayz gets canceled, they will just start it up again under a different name, rebranding it to "The Far Side 2" or "Garfield" if those names aren't taken.
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As you've probably noticed by now, most of these comics consist of just one frame. That's because Sappy Sap likes a joke that is snappy, that hits fast, borders on absurd, is stupid, and a little childish.
"I also have adult hyperactive disorder and can't draw the same thing twice. I get bored. I have enough focus for one frame of one joke in one setting and then I'm ready for the next joke."
Jokes come to Sappy Sap at weird times, usually when they're on the toilet. "I write them down on my phone and think about a fun scene that would be fun to draw. My phone is extremely unsanitary and you should never touch it," the artist noted.
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They said the comics have offended many people. "Some say that some of my comics are the 'worst thing that's ever happened to them.' That's a very charming life if my poopdoodle hurt you that deeply," Sappy Sap said. "Wait until you experience menopause or erectile dysfunction... or both!"
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However, don't get the wrong idea—Sappy Sap doesn't aim to offend. It's not their intention. But they also don't really care if someone's feelings get hurt. "I prefer an inclusive joke we can all enjoy and I try to never take shots at disenfranchised or oppressed people, but sometimes if you're Trump, anti-vaxxers, televangelists, or a regular idiot, you may take some shrapnel. If you haven't been offended yet, stay tuned. I'll get to you eventually, buttercup."
There's little agreement when it comes to humor. What some people find funny may enrage others. Over the centuries, the nature of humor has intrigued many, many scholars. Plato and Aristotle, for example, introduced the superiority theory, the idea that people laugh at the misfortune of others. And while their premise seems to explain teasing and slapstick, it doesn't account for knock-knock jokes.
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Sigmund Freud argued for relief theory. This concept states that humor is a way for people to release psychological tension, overcome their inhibitions, and reveal their suppressed fears and desires. It works well for dirty jokes, but not so much for (most) puns.
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It's a huge topic and we can't cover it all. But considering Sappy Dayz, it might be interesting to take a look at the benign violation theory—the idea that humor arises when something seems wrong or threatening, but is simultaneously OK or safe.
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A dirty joke, for example, trades on moral or social violations, and it will only get a laugh if the person listening is liberated enough to consider risqué subjects, such as sex, okay to talk about. Puns can be seen as linguistic violations but they still make grammatical sense.
So it's okay if you laugh at these comics, and it's certainly okay if you think they're too much as well. We all have our own personal moral compass. The beauty of such unapologetic content, however, is that it helps us to calibrate these complicated inner mechanisms.