Oct 19, 2021
Last month marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Two weeks
after that tragic day, The Onion, the famed comedy newspaper, put
out an issue with jokes about 9/11. How did they do that? Scott
Dikkers, one of The Onion’s founders teaches us how. His rule is
that comedy is meant to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the
afflicted.” That’s why they put out that issue. To comfort the
afflicted. As physicians, that’s what we do! How can we be funny,
even in the face of tragedy?
Mr. Dikkers teaches comedy writing and has turned what seems
unteachable into a science. He has described funny filters and all
comedy fits into one of those filters. He teaches us which are the
best for the exam room, how to recover from a failed joke, how to
work humor into our office visits and lectures, and what jokes
comedians can’t use, but we can!
Scott Dikkers founded the world’s first humor
, in 1996. A few years
earlier he helped found the original Onion newspaper. He’s served
as The Onion’s owner and editor-in-chief, on and off, for much of
the last quarter century. He led The Onion’s rise from small,
unknown college humor publication to internationally respected
comedy brand. He is also a New York Times best seller, and
Peabody Award winner.