For nine months, the same amount of time required to gestate a human being, real scientists at an actual university crunched data in order to answer a question that has never haunted anyone: Which big city in the United States is the funniest? They calculated the number of comedy clubs per square mile, surveyed comedians, and tracked visits to humorous websites.
Dan Jenkins is very likely the only person who started off writing for the afternoon newspapers in the forties and ended up as a maestro of Twitter. But although the Fort Worth legend’s longevity is mind-blowing—next month he’ll cover his sixty-fourth consecutive Masters Tournament—even more impressive is the effect his funny, bracing writing style has had on American sportswriting (newbies looking to sample Jenkins’s prose should start with his pro-football novel, Semi-Tough).
“Many Texas barbecue fanatics have a strong belief in the beneficial properties of accumulated grease.”
—Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker
“If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting.”
—Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts