How Comedy Took Over Our Culture

Aug 10, 2018

For millennia of human history, the future belonged to the strong. To the parent who could kill the most animals with sticks and to the child who could survive the winter or the epidemic. When the Industrial Revolution came, masters of business efficiency prospered instead, and after that we placed our hope in scientific visionaries. Today, in a clear sign of evolution totally sliding off the rails, our most coveted trait is not strength or productivity or even innovation, but being funny. Yes, funniness.

In the book, "Planet Funny," Ken Jennings explores this brave new comedic world.

Ken Jennings is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers "Because I Said So!," "Maphead," and "Brainiac," and a seventy-four-time champion on the quiz show Jeopardy!