Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor for The New Yorker, recently gave a dissecting humor speech which focuses on the subjectivity of humor. Mankoff has been the cartoon editor at The New Yorker since 1997 and uses his experiences and cartoons as examples in this speech as he explains that nothing is universally funny.
Mankoff simply says that no joke is going to be able to please everyone. Jokes will please some people and offend others. There are many factors to be considered when it comes to why people find something funny. Mankoff explains that the reader's mood factors into what they find entertaining or funny. He shows the audience some of his own cartoons, along with some of the negative feedback he received from New Yorker readers.
In conclusion, Mankoff encourages readers to think more carefully about The New Yorker cartoons.