I had thought…that I should define what humor means to me.
However, every time I tried to, I had to go and lie down with a cold,wet cloth on my head. Still, here I go….Humor to me, Heaven help me, takes in many things. There must be courage; there must be no awe. There must be criticism, for humor, to my mind, is encapsulated in criticism. There must be a disciplined eye and a wild mind. There must be a magnificent disregard of your reader, for if he cannot follow you, there is nothing you can do about it.
Dorothy Parker in the Introduction to The Most of S.J. Perelman Methuen 2001.