loss of dignity

Jane Espenson writes about removing dignity as a writing tactic:

Loss of dignity is hilarious.

…But the fact that something dignified is made laughable… well, we all know that that can be tragic, too. The kind of humor I've been talking about is just a few degrees skewed from poignancy, a point well understood by anyone who's ever had the misfortune to get very angry while wearing a chipmunk costume.