How do they mix? it seems like the philosopher is always questioning why something is funny as opposed to the comedian who accepts reality for what it is and laughs at it. what is laughter and how does the philosopher define it. for if something is funny does it not quench a thirst for escapism from the tragic, mundane or controversial? the purest defense mechanism that connect people. the comedian can gather these connections and use them but the philosopher leans toward the subject matter of a joke rather than the escapism it brings for the comedian and the like.