"As an intelligent treatment of what humor is and what it means, this work raises significant questions and proposes plausible answers." (CHOICE,
"Of all of the humor scholars I know, John Morreall is the best at making original, fascinating, and useful observations. We should all be grateful that in Comic Relief
he has once more demonstrated--in his witty and accessible style--that the play ethic is as important as the work ethic."
–Don L. F. Nilsen
, International Society for Humor Studies
"Comic Relief is an engaging, wide-ranging discussion of how humor is defined within the disciplines of philosophy and history, as well as a brilliant and comprehensive overview of how it is used today. This book is a superb addition to the body of genuinely important works on humor."
–Regina Barreca, University of Connecticut