Why do we tell jokes? They’re sticky little stories with set-ups and punchlines, and they spread like wildfire. The epitome of the modern oral tradition, jokes have more to say than it might originally appear. Join us this week for a crash course in the history of gallows humor, and way it shaped the history of professional comedians in America. We’ll also discuss the elusive line between profanity and art; humor and harassment; hysterically funny and horribly cruel.