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One Question For: Joel Warner

Discover “The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny."

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So, why do we laugh?

The best comedy is a mixture of pleasure and pain. It’s almost a tight-rope act. My favorite comedians—Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, Sarah Silverman, Jim Jefferies—step over that line, but just enough. You can take pleasure in the cleverness. It feels a bit dangerous and forces us to re-evaluate our perception of things.

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This article appeared in the May 2014 issue of .

Daliah Singer, 5280 Contributor

Daliah Singer is an award-winning writer and editor based in Denver. You can find more of her work at daliahsinger.com.

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