Approaching the Audio Description of Humour
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The main purpose of this article is to provide an introduction to audio description (AD) and to approach the question of the AD of humour. AD is defined, the current situation of this practice is briefly discussed, and some of the most significant works on AD are mentioned. A case study is then presented, the main objective of which was to analyse (from a descriptive perspective and focusing on visual jokes) the AD of the British comedy film I want Candy (several examples are given to illustrate the way humour was dealt with by the AD agent). Among others, some of the main findings discussed are that 1), although some marginal and punctual instances of description over dialogue were found, the general rule of using the gaps or silences between dialogues to insert the descriptions was observed (this sometimes meant losing potentially humorous elements) and 2) almost two fifths of the visual humorous fragments were not described, most likely due to time restrictions. Finally, some further research is suggested.