Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Golden Age of Humor
Humor researches at Cal Tech have determined that humor is formed by a matrix between just how crappy things are and the level of ironic detachment. "In July of 1955, these two reached ideal proportions," said Josh Merkin, Humor Department Chair. "Since then things have gotten so bad you just can't make a joke about it. At the same time, our ability to be witty about it has been sadly diminished." While many deplore the state of humor in this country, Merkin is cautiously upbeat. "These things come in cycles," he explains. "Around 100,000 BC, sometime around the last ice age, things were even funnier. Irony levels through the roof, and the human condition right at that sweet spot. It must have been hilarious back then."