December 04, 2021

Fat jokes and political satire: A look at DPRK humor in ‘Laughing North Koreans’

Immanuel Kim’s new book on the history of North Korean comedy films reveals what’s funny — and what isn’t — in the DPRK

It’s no secret that North Korea is often a source of humor in the United States, whether it be Trump’s snide “rocket man” moniker for Kim Jong Un or Sony Pictures’ 2014 film, “The Interview.” 

But North Korea is a country with its own sense of humor, too — and one that often pokes fun at the United States.