(Bret Hartman for The Washington Post)

Will Ferrell on his favorite kind of comedy — which, writes Paul Farhi, explains why you might not get this year’s winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

In other news: The Yes Men — known for their merry left-wing pranks on corporate America — try to mentor young activists, reports David Montgomery. Their tricks are funny, but do they actually succeed at advancing their causes? . . . Gertrude Stein — shallow self-promoter, lousy writer, and subject of a fascinating new exhibit, says Philip Kennicott.