Topic: Jane Borden

Comedy in a Post-9/11 World: What Did It Take to Get New York Laughing Again?

Comedy in a Post-9/11 World: What Did It Take to Get New York Laughing Again?

After 9/11, there was a prevailing sentiment that nothing was funny. Humor seemed meaningless: Many comedians thought, “Why am I telling jokes about x, y, and z when THIS just happened.” And many were of the opinion that this was the way it was going to be from then on– that humor has lost its place in our world, that we needed it less because 9/11 made us a “more serious people.” But some heard that, and they said “No.” And you know what?

They were right. More »