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The Week Magazine

How to be funny: the 6 essential ingredients to humor
The Week Magazine
Humor is a powerful antidote to many of the hostile feelings in our daily lives. All of us have hostility toward some target… Comedy is cruel…some common sources of hostility (and therefore humor): authority, sex, money, family, angst, technology ...

Slate Magazine

What, Exactly, Makes Something Funny? A Bold New Attempt at a Unified ...
Slate Magazine
Over the past five years, at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder, researchers have been giving subjects some funny tasks. Rate the comedy of a joke about a kitten used as a sex toy. Appraise the humor of Hot Tub Time ...

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The serious work of comedy
CBS News
WHAT'S SO FUNNY is the question we ask when we don't quite get the joke. It's also a question that weighs heavily on people who do comedy for a living. Our Cover Story is reported now by Susan Spencer of "48 Hours": After decades of coming up with ...


How to be funny: A professor analyzes the art of humor
McGraw teamed up with journalist Joel Warner to embark on a worldwide quest to unravel the mystery behind comedy gold. The psychology professor spoke to Metro about the funniest finds published in their new book “The Humor Code: A Global Search For ...
'Humor Code' Explores The 'Y' In FunnyKUNC
A Quest to Understand What Makes Things FunnyNew Yorker (blog)
How science can improve your April Fools' jokes89.3 KPCC

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Men's Journal

6 Ways to Be More Universally Funny
Men's Journal
For the past few years, journalist Joel Warner and Peter McGraw, a psychology professor and founder of the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado, circled the globe to answer the question: What makes people laugh? They visited comedy clubs in ...
This Is Why You're Not Funny: A Professor's Scientific Approach To Dissecting ...Co.Create

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Wall Street Journal

It's Funny How Humor Works
Wall Street Journal
We benefit from taxing our brains with the mental exercise of humor, much as we benefit from the physical exercise of a long run or a tough tennis match. Comedy extends our mental stamina and improves our mental flexibility. A 1976 study by Avner Ziv ...

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How To Be Funny: The Six Essential Ingredients To Humor
Mel Helitzer's Comedy Writing Secrets is commonly used as a textbook in college courses on comedy writing. What does it say is the best method for how to be funny? Helitzer explains the “THREES” formula. It's an acronym for the six essential elements ...

The Science Behind a Laughter Epidemic and Other Ways that...
The New Republic
I spoke with the psychology professor who co-wrote The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny on a laughter epidemic in Tanzania, how The Onion's editors produced their first post-September 11 issue, and why alcohol doesn't always make ...

Bob Mankoff: Management Is A Laughing Matter
Please note that man of these folks were already established either by virtue of being published in other places or writing comedy for sitcoms or even doing standup. No slackers wanted. The New Yorker is unique; its cartoon humor may not be always the ...

Music and laughter headed for Bennett Hall stage
Chillicothe Gazette
In comedy, it is just you. Also, in theater, even if you miss a joke, you can go forward and you are still in that performance. It is not so easy with comedy. In comedy, you have to catch jokes. Being funny has to be natural.” When on stage, however ...

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