From Obama to street protests, humour is being used to make some very serious points.
George Vasey, The Philosophy of Laughter and Smiling (1875).
Have you heard the one about the Victorian sense of humour?
In this episode of the podcast, we take in the history of Victorian humour, why kids find poo so hilarious and whether academics should try and be funny.
Dumped after three series: Count Arthur Strong.
Traditional humour is being pushed off UK screens in favour of 'edgy' comedy.
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A recent study uncovered the words that people find the funniest. But humour differs between men and women in surprising ways.
Ricky Gervais has faced a lot of criticism for jokes perceived as offensive.
You may think a rape joke is harmless but research shows that it can have serious consequences.
A statue celebrating Monty Python’s sketch The Dead Parrot near London’s Tower Bridge ahead of a live show on the TV channel Gold.
There are ways to pin down what a country laughs at – including who they like to make fun of.
A shark bit off the rest of me.
It turns out that children as young as three can actually understand some forms of irony.
John Clarke: he particularly hated management speak.
John's conversations were full of hysterical laughter, and he had a way asking questions that drew extraordinary answers.
Still going strong in its 30th year, The Simpsons follows a strict animation style guide based on Matt Groening's own rules, and has much to teach young animators
John Clarke, who died suddenly at the weekend, called out absurd politicking and dishonest language wherever he found it.
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John Clarke gave voice to a brilliant Antipodean acerbity that has always seemed a little old-fashioned in its moral and tonal dignity. His was a magnificent achievement of focused, pitch-perfect satire.
It may be worth paying attention to what your child finds funny.
Does your child use self-defeating humour? Researchers have found it can be linked to depression.
Stop me if you’ve … actually, just stop me anyway.
Q: If you were to kill a conversational goose, what vegetable would she allude to? A: Ah-spare-a-goose! Gettit?
Enough with the charming, naughty funny-guy rants. There are too many in a new anthology of Australian comedy writing – and women display a superior comic imagination.
Joking around with customers can improve satisfaction, as long as its the right jokes!
Business Briefing: being funny with customers.
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New research shows that humour can relieve tension for employees and increase customer satisfaction, just don't make jokes when it comes to offering apologies!
His extraordinary talent was most evident as his 'straight guys' became increasingly deranged.
The joke’s on LIttlejohn.
Satire should be a way of keeping the powerful in check, not sneering at the powerless.
Pripyat is often portrayed as a haunted ghost town.
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Chernobyl's liquidators have come up with some intriguing ways of dealing with what they've gone through – without directly confronting painful memories.
Education should be a laughing matter.
Irony can provide new theoretical insights. Social scientists should embrace it.
Jon Stewart with Trevor Noah at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles, California recently.
The Trevor Noah phenomenon speaks to an influential comedic revolution that is happening in South Africa. Its comics operate in an increasingly complex, high-risk and conflict-intense society.