What makes things funny | Peter McGraw | TEDxBoulder

Pete McGraw is a leading researcher at the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In this talk he not only discusses what is funny, but what …


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  2. Funny things are a mix between benign and malignant violations? Does that mean that a tumor can be funny with the right ratio of malignancy and… benignancy? I'm going to the tumor depot to die from can… canned laughter!

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  4. 1. Violation: anything that threatens the way you believe the world ought to be
    2. Violation benign: not to be strongly committed to the violated norm
    3. Benign: alternative explanation that somehow makes violation okay
    a. Purely benign is not funny
    b. Purely violation is not funny also

    1. Certain distance
    2. Happen close to you

  5. Humor in the workplace question. Many of my coworkers find it a witty jest to greet their coworkers with quips like, "young man" or "young lady". Considering we are all adults I find this insulting and condescending. What do you think?

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