The world is not funny. We are all dying. Thus opens Make Happy, Bo Burnham’s comedy special from 2016. Though it is four years old, and the world seems to have massively changed since then, some things stay the same.…

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I have a theory that stand-up comedians are the modern-day equivalent of Socratic philosophers. They wander around pointing out absurdities in our society and asking difficult questions but avoiding the hemlock at all costs (comparisons only go so far). Most…

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For a time in college, I found myself saying the worst thing I could imagine and finding it hilarious. In order to avoid getting in trouble, I’d make sure I was saying it ironically. I’d say something misogynistic and it…

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