This is how the black comedy works:
- Many characters exist in an organization. Someone explains the rules and logic by which the system operates in great detail.
- Many of these characters, including the hero, go after a negative goal that involves killing someone or destroying something.
- Each believes strongly in the goal and thinks what he is doing makes complete sense. In fact, it is totally illogical.
This is a short extract from the section on Black Comedy from John Truby’s brilliant book – Anatomy of Story (p135)