10+ Best Articles on Comedy
The most useful articles on comedy from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Comedy Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on comedy by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- The Psychology of Cringe Comedy: Why We Love to Watch What Hurts Us
- Divine comedy: the standup double act who turned to the priesthood
- Why do some people love cringe comedy while others can't stand it?
- The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy
- The Structure of Stand-Up Comedy
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The Psychology of Cringe Comedy: Why We Love to Watch What Hurts Us
From ‘Da Ali G Show’ to viral TikTok videos, cringe comedy persists within pop culture. And oftentimes, the genre’s appeal is as much about the way we perceive ourselves than the comics we watch…
Julia Roberts: We Didn't Fully 'Appreciate' the Romantic-Comedy Boom in the 1990s
Julia Roberts is returning to the romantic-comedy genre for the first time in over 20 years with the upcoming “Ticket for Paradise,” and she hopes audiences will finally appreciate the …
Irene Goes Wild
The great but underrated Hollywood star Irene Dunne made her transition to screwball comedy by playing the scandal-courting author at the heart of Theodora Goes Wild.
Why do some people love cringe comedy while others can't stand it?
Why do will some people find cringe comedy hilarious, while others will see it as boring rubbish? The answer is your life experiences.
Comedy’s existential crisis
The Joe Rogan debate underscores comedy’s ongoing conversation about morality, cancel culture, and how to be funny.
«many comedians seem to be scrambling to figure out where they fall on the scale between “just jokes” and “glorified lecture.”»
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Divine comedy: the standup double act who turned to the priesthood
The long read: Josh and Jack used to interrogate life via absurdist jokes and sketches. But the questions they had just kept getting bigger – and led them both to embark upon a profound transformation
Who’s Laughing Now?
Jon Stewart is comedy royalty. But the world has changed since he was at the height of his powers.
Ben Stiller Talks Severance, His Marriage, Children, Parents, and Reality Bites
He’s been pretty amazing your whole life. Then things started to crumble—his marriage, his work, his health. But now? With Severance, and all that the future holds? Everything is very much coming back…
The Structure of Stand-Up Comedy
The genius of Ali Wong’s Netflix special.
The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy
From the Marx Brothers to The Simpsons, Richard Pryor to Amy Schumer: 100 bits, sketches, and one-liners that changed humor forever.
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