This is a very good essay about the current state of stand-up comedy, and what makes something funny.

The audience whooping and applauding Roseanne’s ‘anti-woke’ comedy is not reacting with laughter at a previously un-acknowledged truth, but instead expressing approval for the point of view that they already knew they agreed with. This is not the same thing as laughter in response to a joke.

Rian van der Merwe Elezea // The B-Sides