Comedy, wit, satire, sarcasm, irony, jokes, etc.

Humor or humour (British English) is the the tendency of experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humors (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion.

Articles

George Carlin: A Four-Letter Threat to Authority, by Butler Shaffer, 24 Jun 2008
A tribute to George Carlin (and Lenny Bruce) on their irreverent attitude towards authority and Carlin as a "standup philosopher"
"To most people, Bruce and Carlin were nothing more than dealers in four-letter words; men who loved to shock the sensibilities of others. But there was a deeper meaning in their humor, and modern libertarian thinking would not have been possible without their important groundwork. Each man understood, at least implicitly, that the authority some men presume to exercise over the lives of others depends upon the subjugated regarding their managers with an unquestioning reverence and awe."
The Political Sterility of Jon Stewart, by Sheldon Richman, 7 Nov 2014
Highlights the dearth of poltical satire, as evidenced by Jon Stewart's backtracking on his answers about voting and earlier comment about Harry Truman
"Throughout history, satirists have risked their liberty and even their lives using humor to engage in deep commentary about the reigning political system and its exalted political figures—they're called leaders, though surely better terms are rulers and misleaders. But no satirist risks his life or liberty in America today, which makes the scarcity of good satire so puzzling."
Related Topic: Voting

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Humour" as of 02 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.