Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn. ~Irvin S. Cobb
Joel uses humour to take the pain out of every day situations. He wants his friends to know that he is serious underneath all the clowning and piss taking, but he doesn’t know how to handle his darkness. He sees them all as very evolved, especially Lee and Chloe and feels inferior to them in so many ways. He plays the assclown to get some attention, even if it is negative attention most of the time.