Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist ashed fascinating light on what makes us laugh and whya (New York Post). 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. Itas an epic quest, both brainy and harebrained, that culminates at the worldas 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 awhat makes things funny?a Based on original research from the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the pairas 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. Hilarious, surprising, and sometimes even touching, The Humor Code alays out a convincing theory about how humor works, and why itas an essential survival mechanisma (Mother Jones).Funny, surprising, and often touching, The Humor Code is a revealing exploration of humor, society, and an unusual friendship.
|Title||:||The Humor Code|
|Author||:||Peter McGraw, Joel Warner|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2014-04-01|