“There’s reverence at the ballet. But the comic is not supposed to be a revered person. They’re supposed to be themselves.”
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…
The following are actual titles of papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Things Don’t Make Sense
I think for me, the comedic impulse comes from the same place as the philosophical one.
Shock and Ow
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…
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…
I recently found myself at an academic conference that featured a presentation by graduate students on “combating racism with humor.”
The Audacity of Jokes
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.
Letter on Satire
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…