I haven't reprised anything from Feb 2006 yet.
These three articles were not written as a series, but I must have been thinking much about how humor is indicative of emotional stability, among both individuals and nations.
There are two essays on Self-Mockery, here and here.
And a third on The Punchline as Stereotype.
I had forgotten it was exactly a year ago that Ben worked at the Olympics in Torino. That seems like two years now.