From the Desk of Bob Mankoff:
When it comes to humor, everyone is his or her own judge. If you decide that something is funny, it is for you. If you don’t, it’s not. End of story. That is, unless you are an actual judge with an actual case involving humor and the law. Then it’s a whole different story, one that I’m going to let Laura E. Little, a law professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, tell.
Professor Little’s scholarship integrates law, linguistics, and philosophy. She has concentrated her study recently on the legal regulation of humor, and has studied the topic both in the U.S. and Australia. Take it away, Laura: http://nyr.kr/YZ1nyd