An economist walks into a bar.
Yoram Bauman, a self-professed “stand-up economist,” sat in the Fremont brew pub Brouwer’s, explaining why the opening line of this story sets the stage for humor.
“There are strong stereotypes about economists,” Bauman said over a plate of fries and a cider beer. “Economists are money-grubbing and hyper-rational, and sometimes you destroy the world.”
He said this creates an opportunity for humor: “You can do comedy about anything where there are strong stereotypes.”