No laughing matter: The 100 jokes that changed comedy

Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox talks about compiling a definitive list of the top 100 jokes of the last 100 years, and what it says about comedy today.
Figures from comedy, both fictional and real, are featured in Vulture's list, 'The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.' (Giacomo Gambineri/Vulture)

This week, the internet got a hilarious history lesson. Vulture assembled a team to sift through stand-up, sitcoms, movies and monologues, and come up with a list of the 100 most influential jokes of all time.

Each joke is memorable on its own, but when put together, you can see how modern comedy was shaped — starting with icons like Charlie Chaplin and Lucille Ball, all the way to Chris Rock and Amy Schumer. 

Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox joins Shad to talk about the piece, and what it taught him about comedy today.


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