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The list was put together by Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox; New York senior editor Christopher Bonanos; comedians Wayne Federman, Phoebe Robinson, Halle Kiefer, and Rebecca O'Neal; comedy historians Yael Kohen (author of We Killed) and Kliph Nesteroff (author of The Comedians); and journalists Elise Czajkowski, Matthew Love, Katla Mc Glynn, Ramsey Ess, Dan Reilly, Jenny Jaffe, Lucas Kavner, and The Guardian’s Dave Schilling.
(Fox, Bonanos, Keifer, O'Neal, Czajkowski, Love, Mc Glynn, Ess, Reilly, Jaffe, Kavner, and Schilling wrote the blurbs.) Without further ado, here are the 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.
First, we decided early on that these jokes needed to be performed and recorded at some point.
Second, with apologies to Monty Python, whose influence on contemporary comedy is tremendous and undeniable, we focused only on American humor. And fourth, the list doesn't include comedy that we ultimately felt was bad, harmful, or retrograde.
Still others may simply take longer to come into their own.