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. Exclusive: Read more of our Q&A with Joel Warner at