We live in an increasingly unfunny world, which might be why comedy is booming in our culture like never before. Today, every ad tries to be funny, every politician tries to be funny. Many of us get our news from comedy shows , if we haven't already been filled in by the day's viral tweets and Facebook memes. Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings has a new book out about our comedy-first culture, called Planet Funny, which is on sale now, so we've asked him to spend June debunking some popular misconceptions about humor and comedy. He'll be here all month! Tip your waitress.
The Debunker: Are Abbott and Costello in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
It's been a trivia chestnut for decades, as anyone who's read enough mimeographed office newsletters or listened to enough drive-time radio DJs probably knows. "Who are the only two people in the Baseball Hall of Fame who had nothing to do with baseball?" The question sometimes clarifies: these two are not players, managers, team owners, or umpires. The answer has a pleasingly "aha!" ring to it: it's supposedly Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the comedy duo most famous for their baseball routine, "Who's on First?"