It would seem that yes, liberals do have a much greater sense of humor and a superior ability to make people laugh.
When Fox News tried to air their ridiculous copy of the Daily Show, it failed miserably. There's plenty of evidence that there are more liberal comedians and funnymen than conservative funnymen (I think they have Dennis Miller and I don't know who else).
The reasons are quite obvious. Liberals are more lax about certain social topics, and especially topics of taboo.
But there's an argument from a conservative pen pal of mine that I wanted to consider. My conservative pen pal argues that all humor derives from making fun (ridiculing) a person(s). I tried to think of humor that did not involve making fun of a person. There's knock-knock jokes and other childish humor that could be considered non-personal. But for the vast majority of adult comedy, it definitely seems to be derived from people making fun of other people (even if it's self-deprecating).
Does that mean that while liberals are more funny than conservatives, they're also more prone to making cheap personal shots and ridiculing people who differ from them?
What are your thoughts?