For over a decade, starting as early as I can remember and going on into the middle of adolescence, The Simpsons was the most important manifestation of culture in my life.
The following are actual titles of papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals.
I think for me, the comedic impulse comes from the same place as the philosophical one.
The first time I noticed the blood on the inside of my bra, I figured it was barbecue sauce. (You know the old adage “Is it blood or is it barbecue sauce?”)
Comedy is for making people laugh. Had the editors not demanded an additional 1,494 words, I would happily have left my contribution to this symposium at that.
I recently found myself at an academic conference that featured a presentation by graduate students on “combating racism with humor.”
I never considered Trevor Noah until I found myself on the set of The Daily Show last August.
In October of 2010 I attended a mass demonstration on the National Mall, which also happened to be a live taping of The Daily Show.
What to do on Saturday night is a philosophical problem. Notwithstanding the scheduling idiosyncrasies created by our “flexible” economy, it remains the time of week we are least able to avoid asking ourselves: What do we want?