It might be that comedy is the highest form of culture simply because for it to work on any audience or culture, it has to find a commonly shared experience or pain.  I know that, personally, I laugh the hardest at things that have exposed me to pain in the past - like wintertime delivering the kids to school and discovering the school is closed.  Like Derek says, the deal is, 'I get the kids to school.  You have to take them in'.