Here's an English translation of Aristotle’s Poetics.
"All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses..." Aristotle’s Metaphysics
Here's a topic posted in the TED-Ed Community about standup comedy. It asks the question, "Is standup viewed as a crappier art?"
Jerry Seinfeld's web series is really fun. It's called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. That's right. It's just that simple.
Speaking of Seinfeld, here's an interview he did with the New York Times about how to write a joke.
So, while it’s true that nothing is less funny than trying to explain why a joke is funny, it’s still worth asking: What makes the long-joke work?