G. Legman, The Rationale of the Dirty Joke
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
GREAT MOMENTS IN COMEDY (1)
Under the mask of humor, our society allows infinite aggressions, by everyone and against everyone. In the culminating laugh by the witness or observer -- whose position is also really that of victim or butt -- the teller of the joke betrays his hidden hostility and signals his victory by being theoretically at least, the one person present who does not laugh.