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

August 17, 2019 - Comment

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist detail their epic quest to discover the secret behind what makes things funny.Two guys. 19 experiments. Five continents. 91,000 miles. And a book that will forever change the way you think about humor. Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist detail their epic quest to discover the secret behind what makes things funny.

Two guys. 19 experiments. Five continents. 91,000 miles. And a book that will forever change the way you think about humor.

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist detail their epic quest to discover the secret behind what makes things funny.

Dr. Peter McGraw, founder of the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, teamed up with journalist Joel Warner on a far-reaching search for the secret behind humor. Their journey spanned the globe, from New York to Japan, from Palestine to the Amazon. Meanwhile, the duo conducted their own humor experiments along the way—to wince-worthy, hilarious, and illuminating results.

In their quixotic search, they questioned countless experts, from comedians like Louis C.K. to rat-tickling researchers, and answered pressing (and not-so-pressing) questions such as, “What’s the secret to winning The New Yorker cartoon caption contest?”; “Who has the bigger funny bone—men or women, Democrats or Republicans?”; and “Is laughter really the best medicine?” As a final test, McGraw uses everything they learned to attempt stand-up—at the largest comedy festival in the world.

Funny, surprising, and often touching, The Humor Code is a revealing exploration of humor, society, and an unusual friendship.

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Anonymous says:

Explaining the joke Humor is a funny thing, but what makes things funny? Why does humor exist? What purpose does it serve?I find the concept of humor extremely interesting because it is so bewildering. It just does not make any sense. There does not seem to be any intrinsic value to humor. As far as we know, animals do not seem to laugh. Some say humor is a coping mechanism. Others say it’s a bonding technique. These make some sense, but to me they are not satisfying answers.So I picked up…

Anonymous says:

Good, not great. Not perfectly written. And probably more info on just these two guys’ trip around the world than actual scientific exploration of humor. But when they do talk about what actually makes something funny, and how we might begin to define “comedy,” the book is interesting and presents some well organized ways to think about the concept. At the end of the day, however, comedy is probably more art than science, and this subjectivity poses a somewhat impossible task to the books’ authors…

Anonymous says:

Don’t expect too much but you still learn abit I bought this book because I really like humor and want to be funny.The book starts well but later on becomes a travelogue.Many passages could have been cut down and focused more on the message of what is humor in different settings.If you want to skip the travelogue just read chapter 9,p. 199.I really applaud the authors’ quest to learn more about humor but the book could have been written more concisely. Also, I would have appreciated if there…

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