Humor

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.

Malcolm Gladwell Thinks We Are All Laughing to Our Deaths
December 11, 2013

Stop laughing, he says. It's not funny.

Give Me Austerity!
And stimulus. And also some amnesia
May 10, 2013

That is the overly simplistic question.

The Onion's Chris Brown Send-Up Was Bad. But Not Writing It Would Be Worse.
May 08, 2013

On Tuesday, The Onion published a piece jarringly titled, “Heartbroken Chris Brown Always Thought Rihanna Was Woman He’d Beat To Death.” It’s a riff on "the one that got away" truism—only instead of wistfully saying that he always thought he’d have k

Conan O'Brien’s WHCD Jokes Were A Missed Opportunity
The comedian couldn't help making himself, not the media, the butt of his jokes
April 29, 2013

The comedian couldn't help making himself, not the media, the butt of his jokes.

Play It Cool, Bro
Seth MacFarlane is exactly what's wrong with American men
March 01, 2013

Seth MacFarlane is exactly what's wrong with American men.

The George W. Bush Paintings: A Freudian Analysis
February 08, 2013

Katrina, waterboarding, Cheney--what the former president's artwork says about him.