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Boston Globe (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Boston, Mass.
Author: Christy, Marian
Date: Dec 13, 1987
Start Page: A.29
Section: LIVING
Abstract (Document Summary)

"One of the sad things about American humor is the disappearance of dialect humor. Before World War II, we had Irish humor, Yiddish humor, black humor, Scotch humor. Dialect was one of the principal wellsprings of humor.

"Cruel humor is destructive. I don't like Joan Rivers' humor. I don't like Don Rickles' humor. Humor that hurts somebody is no longer humor. It's cruelty masquerading as humor.

"Humor is different than wit. Wit is sudden and it can be scornful. Humor is slower and rarely vicious. Will Rogers once said the difference between a comic and a humorist is that the humorist always scratches his head before he tells a joke. What Rogers said is witty. On the other hand, humor is anything that makes me laugh. Let me qualify that. My rent bill makes me laugh, but that isn't exactly humor, is it?

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