N.C.: The funny state

The Tar Heel State is far removed from the traditional urban centers of comedy: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. So why is North Carolina generating so much of our contemporary humor?

Slate visits North Carolina’s humor in a piece called “The Funny State: How North Carolina comedians are redefining American humor.”

Comedy frequently comes from the margins, outside the dominant culture—just consider how many of America’s best comics have been black, Jewish, or Canadian. Something similar seems to be fueling the North Carolina comedy boom.

Maybe, but I think the answer to the question is that state has great schools, literate people and, until recently, a tolerant culture. We can see the world is a pretty damned funny place.

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