On Humor

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny…’ — Isaac Asimov

The best humor goes beyond amusement. It can help people see the world from a new point of view and help people change the way they think. The humorist is a gadfly in the best sense of the word, one who annoys the powerful but provokes positive action. Even when kings wielded absolute power, they had the licensed fool or court jester to provide them with the truth in a humorous way. Considering how important humor is, it’s interesting that Donald Trump does not laugh. Below I have some humorous things that make you think and some things that are just funny.

Covid-19 Humor

  • The New Normal Under Quarantine. This Holderness family vlog is uncomfortably similar to how we’re actually living.
  • The Girl Who Had a Total Meltdown When She Found Out McDonalds was Closed.
  • Here’s a list of things that we say in quarantine that wouldn’t have made any sense in 2019:
    • “Kids, remember to walk in the middle of the street–not on the sidewalks.”
    • “That sounds like a great party, but what did you do about peeing?”
    • “I don’t think they’ll let you in the bank if you’re not wearing your mask.”
    • “I really want to go to a children’s birthday party.”
    • “Well, I guess I don’t need pants for this conference call.”
    • “Please mute yourself during the Zoom Bat Mitzvah.”
  • Shiny, Happy, People in Quarantine is a satire of what some people are sharing on Facebook.
  • It’s old but Dennis Leary’s A**hole song is a wonderful summary of Americans’ desire to avoid wearing masks.
  • A “press conference” highlighting how difficult is to figure out what to do during the coronavirus.
  • School reopening survey from McSweeneys’s

Things added in 2020

Things added in 2019

  • Instead of naming their WiFi network something boring like “Schlaff WiFi,” some people have very funny names for their WiFi like “Girls Gone Wireless,” “Mom, Click Here for Internet,” “Definitely Not An FBI Surveillance Van,” “WeCanHearYouHavingSex,” or “C:Virus.exe.”
  • Aziz Ansari had a great Netflix special that’s not only funny and thoughtful but tackles his #MeToo debacle head on.
  • Chess Boxing is a sport that involves alternating rounds of boxing and chess.

Funny Work and Tech Videos

From 2018

From 2017