Some of the best comedies are the ones where the characters have no idea they’re being funny. Think about how straightly everyone in Airplane! delivered their lines, or how stern everyone is in Dr. Strangelove. No matter how absurd or comedic a situation or world is, the humor comes from the characters committing to its verisimilitude. Comedy writers will discuss crafting worlds that are simultaneously serious for the characters and hilarious for the audience, and how to maximize the comedy within this dichotomy.