Besides the other afflictions of 2020, the country is suffering from a comic deficiency that has weakened the social immune system.
I have not heard a single good joke about the virus—and only a few bad ones.
In the past, anxiety, dread and anger have sometimes been good for laughs—but not this time.
Even before the masks and shutdowns, American humor had been suppressed by the totalitarian taboos.
Without surprise, there is no laugh—and far less of the sanity that ought to be the end result of laughter.
Humorlessness, Rudy Giuliani
America, East Germany