It’s hard to beat a good laugh with a friend.
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Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.
Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who passed away on September 30, also known as “Quino” poses with his comic strip character Mafalda.
Through his work, the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, known to all as Quino, engaged in pointed social critique on a range of topics that are even more relevant today.
One thing that makes the current situation unique is that it is not a single event in a specific place and time. Humour is a coping strategy.
Dads have taken over TikTok since social isolation began. More than a way to kill time at home, laughter and fun dancing times can build family bonds, reduce stress and cultivate a resilient mindset.
Have I Got News for You’s Ian Hislop and guest Zoe Lyons on a recent episode filmed in isolation.
With no in-studio audiences, the Laff Box should be used more by comedy shows.
A study of Batek hunter-gatherers from Malaysia shows how laughter can shape our ethical values.
The way you and your partner use humour can shape your relationship, and even break it up.
There are many reasons why those who laugh and can make others laugh are attractive mates.
Why are we so serious about not being too serious? The philosophy of humour has the answer.
John Oliver presents Last Week Tonight. Is he merely preaching to converted?
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We may be living in a golden age of satire, but comedy has always struggled to communicate across political divides. Much of today’s satire may be preaching to the choir.
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These professional entertainers are trained and paid to go round hospitals cheer up children with music and laughter.
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.
Scientists are only starting to uncover the mysteries of laughter.
Laughing at inappropriate moments could be an early sign of dementia, while injury to the front part of the brain could make you lose your sense of sarcasm.
Why does that one video crack you up?
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One viral video might leave you in stitches; another leaves you cold. Psychology researchers have worked out several theories of humor to explain why.
Protesters wearing masks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
From Alfonso the Wise's bawdy songs of slander to Ronald Reagan's sunny smile, politics and humor have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. But no one seems to be laughing anymore.
The most famous moment in sports commentary tells us a lot about getting the giggles.
Why do we laugh? Evolutionarily speaking, it's so we could survive – and similar rules apply today.
Laughter doesn’t actually cure anything – it’s used as an addition to standard health care, not a replacement.
We start laughing at around 3 months of age. Women laugh more than men, but blokes tell more jokes. As the Melbourne International Comedy Festival begins, here's the latest on mirth.
From “Ha!” to “LOL,” laughter in text can take on a number of forms and meanings.
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Shakespeare didn't 'lol,' but he did 'ha, ha, he.'
Not that funny.
It was Victor Borge, the famous Danish comedian, to whom we can attribute the quote: “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people”. And he was right, laughter is universal in human cultures and…