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'American Horror Story' Is Actually The Funniest Show You're Too Afraid To Watch

Updated September 22, 2020 5.8k votes 873 voters 47.9k views18 items

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American. Horror. Story. Most folks might think the show's title is a fairly large clue indicating just how traumatizing this show can be. What they don't know is, that in addition to the, yes, plentiful gore, scares and shocks, there's a strong through-line of darkly funny humor that's all the funnier for taking the audience by surprise. The funniest moments from American Horror Story are as hilarious as they are gif-able.  

These moments of dark humor on American Horror Story sometimes catch viewers off guard. The times American Horror Story was surprisingly funny stand in stark contrast to the bloodshed. What also makes American Horror Story funny is the fact that Ryan Murphy and his writers have a knack for writing endlessly quotable dialogue. Here are all the hilarious moments and jokes in AHS that will make even the most squeamish viewer feeling the FOMO that they're missing the most meme-able show on television. And don't forget to check out these shows like American Horror Story if you're still too scared to watch!

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    "Excuse Me, Clown!"

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    The humor of this particular scene in AHS: Freak Show lies in Gloria's (Frances Conroy) complete obliviousness to Twisty the Clown's (John Carroll Lynch) gruesome, gory appearance. Her innocent inquiry about children's parties posed to the walking embodiment of coulrophobia is all the funnier because she somehow is oblivious to his obvious murder vibes. 

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    "Gay For Pay"

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    Cricket Marlowe (Leslie Jordan) provides a majority of the humor in Season 6 which opted more for camp than genuine humor. The short gay medium gets some of the best lines, all said in his sing-song drawl. This scene in Roanoke sees the medium asking his Uber driver if he's ever heard of the phrase "gay for pay." When his driver stops for unrelated reasons, Cricket hilariously gasps that it was "only a question!" 

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    A Unique Come-On

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    Never has the phrase "deadpan" been more appropriate than in this particular Murder House exchange. Tate (Evan Peters) points out the lack of flirtation methods available to him when discussing his relationship with Violet (Taissa Farmiga). He has a point, "Hi, I'm Tate. I'm dead. Wanna hook up?" may not work on every girl.

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    "Surprise, B*tch!"

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    Ryan Murphy and Emma Roberts are a match made in heaven. Murphy knows how to write roles for Roberts that allow her to deliver b*tchy lines with pitch perfect smarminess. This is never more evident than when Madison Montgomery returns from the grave to torment Fiona Goode in American Horror Story: Coven with high school mean girl b*tchery. Madison made the rounds of the Internet with her highly quotable catchphrase.

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