Hey, highbrow literary references aren't for everyone. But then, why are you reading The New Yorker?
Longtime New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff just launched a new series in which he breaks down the magazine's droll comics in a way that we can't exactly tell if it's sarcastic or not. To introduce the pilot episode, Mankoff writes:
"E. B. White wrote, 'Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.' Not to worry. I’m just going to prod the frog to reveal some of his secrets. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll tickle him."
If this is a joke, then it is funny. If it's not a joke, then welcome to a weekly web series where the punchlines of cartoons are explained to people.