Comedy as an act of courage

As he does from time to time, Jon Stewart went into serious mode last night in the wake of the killings of the journalists in Paris.

“It’s a stark reminder that the legislators, and journalists, and institutions are not in any way the enemy,” he said.


Comedy in the wake of tragedy presents a challenge to comedians. On his show last night, Conan O’Brien was more than up to the task.

Thinking twice before making a joke “is not the way it’s supposed to be,” he said.

Related: 'Charlie Hebdo' laughed in the face of violence; will future satirists? (NPR)

Charlie Hebdo: We must not stop laughing at these murderous clowns (The Guardian).