The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes things Funny

Title

The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes things Funny

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Description

Two guys. Nineteen experiments. Five continents. 91,000 miles. The Humor Code follows the madcap adventures and oddball experiments of Professor Peter McGraw and writer Joel Warner as they discover the secret behind what makes things funny. In their search, they interview countless comics, from Doug Stanhope to Louis CK and travel across the globe from Norway to New York, from Palestine to the Amazon. It’s an epic quest, both brainy and harebrained, that culminates at the world’s largest comedy festival where the pair put their hard-earned knowledge to the test. For the first time, they have established a comprehensive theory that answers the question “what makes things funny?” Based on original research from the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the pair’s experiences across the globe, The Humor Code explains the secret behind winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, why some dead baby jokes are funnier than others, and whether laughter really is the best medicine. (Amazon.com)

ISBN

9781451665413

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Document Type

Book

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

City

New York

Keywords

Wit and humor -- Psychological aspects

Comments

Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado Boulder