Magazine February 22, 2021, Issue

What Killed Humor?

(Roman Genn)
A disunified culture is a serious thing

If you know of any working comedians, or television sitcoms, or comic writers you think genuinely amusing, please don’t hesitate to let me know about them, for I have in recent years been suffering a fairly serious humor deficiency. I cannot remember the last time I smiled even faintly at a New Yorker cartoon. I cannot get through most current stand-up comedy routines. Seinfeld was the last sitcom I enjoyed. Something has happened to the GNH, or Gross National Humor, which for a long while now has been plunging steadily downward. 

Perhaps the “gross” in GNH is a mistake, for much

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Joseph Epstein — Mr. Epstein is the author, most recently, of Gallimaufry, a Collection of Essays, Reviews, Bits.

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