This article is from the Stand-up Comedy FAQ, by Steven Rosenthal and Steve Silberberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
A. I know when I was a kid, I mean little kid, if I could make the grownups
laugh, I felt like I was closer to them, or they were closer to me. I used
humour in school to avoid getting beaten up, to make friends, and to escape
the realities of homework (a humourous essay was quicker to write than a
real one, and I could get the teacher to laugh, I sometimes actually got a
good mark ).