In the famous short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain, the narrator visits a tavern to inquire about a man named Leonidas W. Smiley. Instead, the old tavern keeper, Simon Wheeler, in a humorous feat of misdirection, proceeds to narrate a series of tall tales about a person named Jim Smiley, who loved to bet on just about anything and at various times owned a horse that always won races, a bull pup that always won dog fights, and a frog that always won jumping contests. In the end, a stranger outsmarts Smiley by filling his frog's belly full of quail shot.
Twain offers examples of several forms of comedy in this story. First of all, Wheeler's delivery of his story about Jim Smiley can be referred to as deadpan humor, because, as the narrator explains, he presents it without expression.
He never smiled, he never frowned, he never changed his voice from the gentle-flowing key to which he tuned the initial sentence, he never betrayed the slightest suspicion of enthusiasm ...
Wheeler's account of Smiley's activities is also an example of droll humor, which means that it is eccentric or capricious.
The stories that Wheeler relates about Smiley can be described as anecdotal humor. According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an anecdote is "a usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident." Anecdotal humor is humor based upon personal stories that may or may not be true. This certainly fits Wheeler's stories about Smiley.
Hyperbolic humor is humor based upon details that are highly exaggerated. Twain gives numerous examples of this in Wheeler's depictions of Smiley's penchant for betting and the strange animals that Smiley owned.
Farcical humor and screwball humor are similar in that they both derive their humorous effects by employing improbable events and frantic action. Twain uses these types of humor when Wheeler tells the final anecdote about the contest between the jumping frogs. The stranger wins the contest, takes his money, and immediately leaves. Smiley wonders what is wrong.
And he ketched Dan'l by the nap of the neck, and lifted him up and says, "Why blame my cats, if he don't weigh five pound!" and turned him upside down, and he belched out a double handful of shot. And then he see how it was, and he was the maddest man - he set the frog down and took out after that feller, but he never ketched him.
We can see, then, that Twain does use various forms of comedy in this hilarious story.