Is It OK to Joke? Comedians Navigate Humor in a Dark Time

Even as they follow grim events on the pandemic’s front lines, many Americans are finding things to laugh about on the home front—Zoom fails, crash courses in home schooling, the cabin fever of family members and pets. Social media is awash in Seinfeld-ian observations about breadmaking, work-from-home wardrobes, and other quirks of life under lockdown.

Professional comedians, too, are grappling with these two sides of the crisis—the horrific and the mundane—as they try to process the shared experience into jokes. Late-night…

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