Don't Forget What Richard Pryor Taught Us: Offensive Comedy Can Be Liberating
April 13, 2015

Keep this in mind the next time someone tries to police the borders of comedy.

Your Sense of Humor Doesn't Have to Match Your Politics
April 06, 2015

It’s possible to laugh and squirm—or to laugh and disapprove—at the same time.

Andy Borowitz Is the Only Comedian Qualified to Replace Jon Stewart
March 31, 2015

Who else could survive the internet outrage machine?

Anti-Jewish Jokes Don't Get a Pass Anymore
Trevor Noah and Lena Dunham learned that lesson the hard way
March 31, 2015

Trevor Noah and Lena Dunham learned that lesson the hard way.

Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico
December 19, 2014

"I think there's no doubt that what Belgium needs is a version of Politico," Obama joked. He's right.

Modern Racism Can Be So Hilarious
The story behind the Times's brilliant "Off Color" video series
November 06, 2014

Heard any smart racial jokes lately? You will here. 

The Great Satirical-News Scam of 2014
The Onion is funny. These other sites aren't—and that's intentional. They're cashing in on your gullibility and knee-jerk outrage.
June 05, 2014

Websites like The Daily Currant and National Report are cashing in on readers' gullibility and knee-jerk outrage.

The Science Behind a Laughter Epidemic and Other Ways that Humor Works
March 30, 2014

A conversation with the authors of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny reveals how to joke about terrorists without getting in trouble. 

Social Psychologists: It Takes 36 Days After a Tragedy Before Jokes About It Become Funny
The science of humor
January 31, 2014

Too soon? Researchers have an answer for you.