08 Aug 2000
One of my favorite ways to amuse myself is to analyze and explain precisely why some given thing is funny. I especially like to do this when I make a hilarious joke that elicits no laughter whatever. I’ll painstakingly elucidate the elements of say, absurdity, incongruity, ambiguity, surprise, difficulty of comprehension, &c., in a (usually futile) attempt to rationalize my sense of humor. Various theories of humor have been created from Freud to Minsky, but I’ve yet to find one that can satisfactorily explain everything I actually laugh at.