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What is the Science behind humor? Can Science make you a better comedian?
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At dinner, my brother's been making everyone laugh.
He was never close to this funny, not even half.
He's supposed to be the smart one, when did this all start?
The family comedian has always been my part.
"What do you think you're doing?", I demanded to know.
"Practicing my humor, results are starting to show."
"Results! Is this just one of your experiments?"
"Science shows humor has predictable elements.
It's a powerful social tool and eases tension.
Funny people are seen as smart and gain affection.
Laughter is ancient and has many social aspects.
When others laugh, it creates a consensus effect.
Jokes can't be too realistically gross or vile.
I can teach you a few things to improve your style."
"Will you?" I said sarcastically. "Thank you for caring!"
"Of course," he said unbothered. "Science is for sharing.
A 200 year old theory by Schopenhauer,
is still a very accurate method for humor.
You want shock to arise out of the predictable.
That briefest moment of confusion is pivotal.
Listeners must recalibrate their perception.
Laughter then results from resolving this confusion. "
"When trying to be funny, there's rules to keep in mind.
The most important is the timing of the punchline.
The funniest jokes are presented like a story,
but one that is brief, arriving at the joke shortly.
Words and sounds are funnier when they are uncommon,
and words with "k” are the funniest, use them often.
The subject's well researched and these techniques are proven.
Humor is vital and universally human.”