Are Conservatives Really Pulling Ahead in the Comedy Race?
Does a ratings boost for Greg Gutfeld's late-night show mean that today's conservatives are the funny ones and liberals are too "woke" to laugh? Answering the question means looking past party loyalty to ask what makes humor, says humor historian Teresa Prados-Terreira.
Kathleen Belew Asked How Historical Subfields Would Approach the Chicken Crossing the Road...
Historians had thoughts on their subfields – click in the embedded Tweet to read the replies.
Inside the 1980s Phenomenon of "Truly Tasteless Jokes" and What it Says about a Cultural Shift around Offensiveness
The wildly successful series of paperbacks heralded a moment when the embrace of offensiveness as a political weapon was shifting from the left to the right (audio contains the contents of some Truly Tasteless Jokes).
Advice to POTUS 46 from POTUS 1
by David O. Stewart
The author of a recent political biography of George Washington wonders how the first president would guide the most recent one.
SOURCE: New York Times
128 Tricky Questions That Could Stand Between You and U.S. Citizenship
Irish Immigrant Maeve Higgins looks at the expanded civics test for naturalization, and gives it a failing grade--unless its purpose is to reduce immigration.
Corrected American History: The Cheery Colonial Period
by Lawrence Baron
Peruse a leaked lesson plan from the 1776 commission.
Bawdy Civil War Letters, In the Style of Ken Burns
by Katie Hemphill
Historian Katie Hemphill's recent crash course in video editing for Zoom teaching let her fulfill a longtime goal: set the bawdiest Civil War letters she found in her research to the stirring sounds of documentary music. Content Warning: Cuss Words.
SOURCE: The Onion
New Patriotic 1776 Commission Struggling To Find Ways To Improve Upon Education System’s Existing Propaganda
"Members of President Donald Trump’s new patriotic 1776 Commission struggled Wednesday to find ways to improve upon the education system’s existing propaganda."
SOURCE: Mel Magazine
An Oral History of the Onion's 9/11 Issue
The satirical newspaper The Onion struggled to find a way to apply its trademark irreverance to the 9/11 terror attacks. For fans, however, the issue of September 27, 2001 met the grief and anger of the day with humor.
SOURCE: The New York Times
As a Teenager, I Hated Johnny Carson. Then Came the Pandemic.
As a teenager, I thought his ‘Tonight Show’ was a bland, uncool relic. Now I appreciate his deadpan humor and the loose weirdness of his interviews.
SOURCE: New York Times
The Weirdly Enduring Appeal of Weird Al Yankovic
National economies collapse; species go extinct; political movements rise and fizzle. But—somehow, for some reason—Weird Al endures.
Laughter in an Age of Pandemics
by Michael A. Genovese
We are all struggling, and we all need the distractions that only absurdity can provide. So laugh now and then; see the silly, the absurd and the comic in life.
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- When Right Wingers Struggle with Defining "Woke" it Shows they Oppose Pursuing Equality
- Strangelove on the Square: Secret USAF Films Showed Airmen What to Expect if Nuclear War Broke Out
- The Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
- New Books Force Consideration of Reconstruction's End from Black Perspective
- Excerpt: How Apartheid South Africa Tried to Create a Libertarian Utopia
- Historian's Book on 1970s NBA Shows Racial Politics around Basketball Have Always Been Ugly
- Kendi: "Anti-woke" Part of Backlash Against Antiracist Protest Movements
- Monica Muñoz Martinez Honored for Truth-Telling in Texas History