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Why do we Laugh?

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Humor is a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter. The trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous. A humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter. Act in a funny or teasing way. The quality of being funny. Put into a good mood. Happy Songs

Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, "body fluid"), controlled human health and emotion.

Theories of Humor is to figure out what humor is, what social functions it serves, and what would be considered humorous.
Differentiating what is Humorous from what is Not Humorous

Laughter is a physical reaction in humans and some other species of primate, consisting typically of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can arise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts. Most commonly, it is considered a visual expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, relief, etc. On some occasions, however, it may be caused by contrary emotional states such as embarrassment, apology, or confusion such as nervous laughter or courtesy laugh. Age, gender, education, language, and culture are all factors as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation. Meaning

"When you laugh, you're not afraid, and when you're not afraid, you're free".

Laughter (PBS)
Why do we Laugh? (webMD)
Sophie Scott: Why we Laugh (video) 
Laughter: A Scientific Investigation (book)
Laughter Therapy
ig Nobel Prize
Skype Laughter Chain (youtube)
Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic Laughing for no Reason?
Laughter Meditation - Video
Laugh Bag (Laugh Box) High Pitch Laughing sound track gag Toy (youtube)

Inherently Funny Word is a word which can be found amusing without any given context, for reasons ranging from onomatopoeia to phonosemantics. Such words have been used by a range of influential comedians to enhance the humor of their routines.

Funny Movies and TV Shows
Hidden Camera
Funniest Cities

Humor is a creative way of expressing information and sometimes a complex form of expressing information, which makes certain humor hard to understand. This is why humor is a form of intelligence because you need to have retained a bit of relevant information in order to understand the joke. So humor can be a creative way of testing a persons knowledge of past events. But humor does not come without risk because interpretations are not the same for every person. Some people could be offended while other people will find humor funny and not offensive, and some will even find it funny and disturbing at the same time. There is sometimes truth in humor, though humor is not the most correct or accurate method for communicating truth, which is another risk of using humor as a way to communicate information. 

Most people will say that they laugh because it’s funny. Then what is Funny? Babies don’t know what’s funny, yet we see babies laugh. All babies cry and all babies laugh. So laughter is something that we are born with. Why? And why does laughter and sadness become more complex as we get older? There is an intelligent concept when it comes to making people laugh. Not so much to induce laughter, but to communicate a point of view that is funny to some and real to others. It's important to know why a person gets a joke or why a person laughs at a particular thing. But it's also very important to know why a person did not get the joke or laugh at the same thing as you did. Does our perception have a conscience?

You're 30 times more likely to laugh if you're with somebody else than if you're alone.

Humor and Laughter Has Benefits

A good laugh can enhance creativity, elevate collegiality, and improve long term job performance. Fun meetings, apparently, can be better meetings. The benefits of humor as an individual coping mechanism and a social lubricant are well established. Humor helps people cope with pain and tragedy, reduces social conflict and promotes group cohesion. Using a lag sequential analysis to understand temporal sequences in behavior, Lehmann-Willenbrock and Allen found that within the meetings, humor patterns triggered problem-solving behaviors (e.g., what do you think about this approach?), procedural suggestions (e.g., let's talk about our next step), and goal orientation (e.g., we should target this issue). Humor patterns also promoted supportive behaviors like praise and encouragement, and led to new ideas and solutions.


Ron Gutman: The Hidden Power of Smiling (youtube)

Smile is a facial expression formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a "Duchenne smile". Smiles performed without the eye contraction can be perceived as "fake".

Humor ability reveals intelligence, predicts mating success (PDF)

Humor has a Placebo Effect

Laughter is Therapeutic

Punchlines For Progress (video)

"Using humor to change perceptions and change people's minds, making them more aware" "People who can laugh at themselves are usually the happiest people, and also the most intelligent."

Interpersonal intelligence (people smart)


Did you know that people around the world can tell whether folks are friends or strangers by listening to them laughing together?

Comedic Genius

A comedic genius is a comedian who examines the world for other meanings. One who makes observations from a different point of view. Someone who expresses alternate interpretations. Someone who compares things to other things during an observation. A comedian does not always express their observations to be more accurate or truthful, it's more about inducing laughter and confirming that what they see is similar to what the Audience sees, and the confirmation is laughter. But even though laughter might be the motive of a comedian, you cannot deny the fact that this method of analyzing our world is Intelligent and Creative. But it's not always perfect

Satire - Sometimes a humoristic view of a problem can be incredibly important when trying to help people understand a particular problem. But just because you make people feel comfortable about a particular problem does not necessarily mean that you have solved that problem. It is a key, but you still have to open the door and follow through.

Punch Line refers to the unexpected and funny conclusion of a joke, story, performance or situation. It is the third and final part of the typical joke structure. It is intended to make people laugh.

Sense of Humor is the trait of appreciating and being able to express humor. having a sense of humor can help reduce stress, help you cope with pain, create empathy in social situations, and can even improve relationships, but not always because you can go to far sometimes.

Comedy refers to any discourse or work generally intended to be humorous or to amuse by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, television, film and stand-up comedy.

Stand-up Comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them.

Comedy Routine comprises a series of short comedy scenes or vignettes, called "Sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long.  

Comedian is a person who seeks to entertain an audience, primarily by making them laugh. 

Clown are comic performers who employ slapstick or similar types of physical comedy, often in a mime style.

Jester is an entertainer during the medieval and Renaissance eras who was a member of the household of a nobleman employed to entertain him and his guests.

Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill.

Joke is a display of humor in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh. It takes the form of a story, usually with dialogue, and ends in a punch line. It is in the punch line that the audience becomes aware that the story contains a second, conflicting meaning. This can be done using a pun or other word play such as irony, a logical incompatibility, nonsense or other means. A joke is a short humorous piece of oral literature in which the funniness culminates in the final sentence, called the punchline… In fact, the main condition is that the tension should reach its highest level at the very end. No continuation relieving the tension should be added. As for its being "oral," it is true that jokes may appear printed, but when further transferred, there is no obligation to reproduce the text verbatim, as in the case of poetry

How to tell a Joke (youtube)
Tell a Joke (wikihow)
Senior Citizen Jokes

Witt is a form of intelligent humour, the ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny. A wit is a person skilled at making clever and funny remarks. Forms of wit include the quip and repartee.

Pun is a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.
Pun Off World Championship

Impressionist is a performer whose act consists of imitating the voice and mannerisms of others. The word usually refers to a professional comedian/entertainer who specializes in such performances and has developed a wide repertoire of impressions, including adding to them, often to keep pace with current events. Impressionist performances are a classic casino entertainment genre. Someone who imitates one particular person without claiming a wide range, such as a lookalike, is instead called an impersonator. In very broad contexts, "impersonator" may be substituted for "impressionist" where the distinction between the two is less important than avoiding confusion with the use of "impressionist" in painting and music. Usually the most "impressive" aspect of the performance is the vocal fidelity to the target – usually a politician or a famous person. Props may also be employed, such as glasses or hats, but these are now considered somewhat old-fashioned and cumbersome: the voice is expected to carry the act. Because animated cartoons often lampoon famous people (sometimes obliquely), a facility for impressions is one of the marks of a successful voice actor. Many cartoon characters are intended to be recognized by the audience as evoking a specific celebrity, even when not explicitly named. With such indirect references, the entertainment value does not lie so much in the technical achievement of exactly reproducing the voice so much as in merely making it recognizable; the joke lies in the reference to a celebrity, not in its rendition. An impersonation is a replication of someone's speech or body language. While most people try to impersonate someone's voice, a truly great impressions take the whole body. Whether you want to impress your friends or an audience, good impersonations require little more than attention to detail and practice.
Rich Little (wiki)

Four Humor Styles by Rod A. Martin
Self-Enhancing (a type of motivation that works to make people feel good about themselves and to maintain self-esteem).
Affiliative (relating to the formation of social and emotional bonds).
Aggressive (is to attack or confront by pursuing one's aims and interests forcefully).
Self-Defeating (to destroy or hurt the thing that you are trying to accomplish).

My first favorite comedian was Richard Pryor. I saw his movie at the Palace Theater in Danbury in the 70’s. The movie was Richard Pryor performing live on stage. I never laughed so hard in my life. Then there were The Comedians from SNL. This one show has produced some of the world’s greatest comedians, and is still doing so today. I couldn’t even imagine what the world would have been like without Saturday Night Live and the comedians they gave birth to..  

Funny Movies and TV Shows

Humor as a Weapon

Sarcasm is a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt. Sarcasm may employ ambivalence, although sarcasm is not necessarily ironic. "The distinctive quality of sarcasm is present in the spoken word and manifested chiefly by vocal inflections". The sarcastic content of a statement will be dependent upon the context in which it appears.

Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.

is exposing human folly to ridicule. Using wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule, to criticize faults. Subject to laughter or ridicule. Language or behavior intended to mock or humiliate. The act of deriding or treating with contempt.

Morose is showing a brooding ill humor.
is to be in a huff and display one's displeasure or think moodily or anxiously about something.

Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous conflicting reactions, beliefs, or feelings towards some object.

Irony is a witty language used to convey insults or scorn by using the expression of one's meaning and using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. The full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character. Irony is an event in which what appears, on the surface, to be the case, differs radically from what is actually the case. Ironic is something humorously sarcastic or mocking. Between what is expected and what actually is.

Witticism is a form of intelligent humor, the ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny. A wit is a person skilled at making clever and funny remarks. Forms of wit include the quip and repartee.

Parody in use, is a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation. Propaganda

Cringe Comedy is a specific genre of comedy that derives humor from social awkwardness. Often a cringe comedy will have an air of a mockumentary and revolve around a serious setting, such as a workplace, to lend the comedy a sense of reality.

Bullying - Teasing - Taunting

Bad TV - Movies

Meanings - Vulgarity

Situation Comedy is a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home or workplace, with often-humorous dialogue. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.

Black Comedy is a comic work that makes light of serious, disturbing, and / or taboo subject matter.
Black Comedy Film (wiki)

Gallows Humor is humor about very unpleasant, serious, or painful circumstances. Any humor that treats serious matters, such as death, war, disease, and crime, in a light, silly or satirical fashion is considered gallows humor.

Media Literacy
Information Literacy

Facetious is supposed to be funny: intended to be humorous but often silly or inappropriate. Cleverly amusing in tone.  Facetious

Levity is humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect.

is a laugh at with Lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike.

I want to make people laugh but I also want to educate people. And being a comedian is sometimes a contradiction to being an effective educator. But learning can be fun, so using some comedy genius to give a lesson would make it more interesting, besides we already make learning games so why not. But if you become a comedian, you will have a hard time getting people to take you serious, it will be hard to know where the joke ends and the lesson begins. So I chose education instead of a career in comedy. This is not to say that I don't respect or appreciate comedy or comedians or entertainers. I have always admired their talents and their commitment to their craft. Besides, laughter is incredibly important part of being human and should always be an important part of being human. Besides that, maybe I can become a comedian near the end of my life? Because being taken seriously is always a struggle when you're a Senior Citizen, so why not have some fun.

"I guess it's a funny joke at some level for some people, but it's not funny for the victims. You need to be careful with jokes."

When Jokes cross the line, how do you define what that line is? Whether you're joking or not joking, being understood is not
easy because meanings can be misinterpreted sometimes.

I was just kidding. I was just making a joke or I was just being funny. All excuses. Saying things that we don't mean to say does happen form time to time. And when we try to cover up our ignorance with lame excuses like "I was just kidding", we fail to keep communicating. Humor and jokes are important, but not always. Choosing your words carefully includes jokes and humor at appropriate times. Don't take your awareness for granted, and don't pretend to know something. You may have been just kidding, but now the truth must be told. Are you saying something important? Then say it without making a joke.

I have always enjoyed comedy and humor. Joking around is pretty much part of who I am. Though humor and laughter is incredibly therapeutic, humor can also be insensitive and make light of our greatest flaws and problems. That was the one of the reasons that kept me from pursuing a career in comedy. But I'm so glad that other people chose to be comics, because some one has to do it.

"Funny on one level, but not necessarily the same level for everyone."

How can something be so horrifying and disturbing, and then at some particular moment later seem funny and stupid? The linking word to this deviation is stupid. We want to be able to laugh at ourselves and our stupidity, but we don't want to ignore our stupidity either. We need to solve our problems and not just laugh at them. I want to keep laughing, but I want to keep living too. You have to do both or you lose both.

"There's not a lot of thinking going on in those moments, it's like I'm in stupid mode, saying what ever comes to mind."

Yes there can be truth in humor, but not all humor is truthful. And humor is not the only form of communication that uses words creatively. So you still have to have follow up questions in order to understand a statements true meaning.

A woman once told me that there is always a little truth in humor. Yes there is, but truth is not the always the intention of the joke for if it were a lot of jokes wouldn’t be funny. Though a joke may be used to expose the truth we should never judge the method of delivery, especially when other methods have failed. But there is definitely danger in joking about serious subjects. Dirty jokes have always got people in trouble because they choose the wrong time and the wrong place for their joke. But at the same time people like Howard Stern have made a living using perverted humor and dirty jokes. It seems that we don’t want perverted humor and dirty jokes to go away. We just want more responsibility and compassion without infringing on free speech. So can this type of humor be responsible and compassionate and still be funny? That has always been a challenge for comedians and writers. They have always found the right way and they have always the wrong way. Both ways are funny, but are both ways necessary? Another thing I noticed is that perverted humor is more funny to males that it is to females. I will watch something and laugh my ass off but when I watch that same funny clip with a girl friend, for some reason, that same humorous clip is not funny anymore. Why? Is it that I'm more aware of how funny it really is or is it just more funny to guys. Is certain humor gender-based? Maybe it's a good thing that women don't laugh at all our stupid humor. 

That's Not Funny (2014) - full feature documentary 1:30.01 (youtube)
Lucy Dacus - "I Don't Wanna be Funny Anymore" (Official Music Video)

"Some people you just can't joke around with, either they don't get the joke or they misunderstand the joke. So avoiding jokes and sarcasm with certain people is a good idea."

How to Stop Taking Jokes Seriously
How to Take a Joke

The joke is, there is no joke. We laugh at bad jokes because we're stupid. We make fun of each other because we're stupid. If I wanted to truly make someone feel better, I would find out what would make them feel better, and then do that. There are many different ways to make a person laugh and be happy, so to me, being a truly gifted comedian is also being excellent communicator, which I never was, because many of my jokes failed, not because my jokes were horrible, it was because I was ignorant, because the schools I went to were inadequate, as they still are today. Freedom of speech can never live up to it's full potential if you never fully educate people to fully understand what speech is. So this is a language problem, and an education problem. Something doesn't have to be a joke in order for it to be offensive, because anything can be offensive to anyone. So this is a language problem, a communication problem, and an education problem. Being offended because someone else is offended by what you said, is offensive. We laugh at our flaws, not to make light of them, but to overcome them. But if all we do is just joke about our flaws, we will never overcome our flaws. We have to learn how to overcome our flaws, we just can't laugh them away. There's nothing wrong with you because you don't get the joke. But at the same time, there's also nothing right with you just because you did get the joke. Just because you think something is funny, doesn't make you a better person then someone else who thinks that same thing isn't funny. Freedom of speech is nothing if you never fully understand what speech is. So this is a language problem, a communication problem, and an education problem, this is not a joke problem. Say what you will, but if someone cannot understand you, then you have to take the time to explain to them, don't expect people to figure things for themselves. Since you opened your mouth, you have to take responsibility for your words, no matter how you thought your words were supposed to be understood. If you want to twist words, then you should learn how to untwist words so they're understood. If you want to be ignorant, then expect ignorant reactions. Freedoms will always be abused and misused, especially when people are never fully educated enough in order to understand how to use freedoms effectively, efficiently, or accurately. This is a language problem, a communication problem, and an education problem, this is not a joke problem.

Being intelligent means you will still get to laugh, but you will now consider the time, the place and the reasons more carefully before making a joke. We still want people to make horrible jokes, we just want our jokes at the right time and in the right place. But we still have this problem of people repeating horrible jokes when they're not supposed to. Hey! I didn't say it, that person said it. That always sounds really stupid, doesn't it? The words came out of your mouth but you blame someone else for the words.

The Daily Show
Jon Stewart admitted that his show did not stop political corruption and crime from increasing. Or did It stop the scumbags in the media from lying and misleading the public. All it did is remind us of just how f*cked up people are in politics and in the media.
Even his jokes about corporate crimes did nothing, especially when he was taking advertising dollars from the same scumbags he made jokes about, hypocrite yes, but at least he used some of that money to fight the abuses and make us aware of criminals. But just making jokes about how f*cked up people are does not stop them from being f*cked up. I still watched the show anyway because it was one of the few shows on TV that were entertaining enough to watch. And it was still important to inform people about how f*cked up things are, but it didn't show us the ways to correct these flaws, it just made us aware of these flaws. Cynical but Pinnacle.

Insult Comedy is a comedy genre in which the act consists mainly of offensive insults directed at the performer's audience or other performers. Typical targets for insult include individuals in the show's audience, the town hosting the performance, or the subject of a roast. An insult comedian often maintains a competitive and interactive relationship with his or her audience. The style has been described as "festive abuse". The style can be distinguished from an act based on satire, or political humor. Insult comedy is often used to deflect or silence hecklers even when the rest of the show is not focused around it.
Triumph The Insult Comic Dog - Late Night with Conan O'Brien at the Star Wars Premier (youtube)

Roast (comedy) is an event in which a specific individual, a guest of honor, is subjected to good-natured jokes at their expense intended to amuse the event's wider audience. This type of event was created as a mock counter to a toast. Such events are intended to honor a specific individual in a unique way. In addition to jokes and insult comedy, such events may also involve genuine praise and tributes. The implication is that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and it is seen by some as a great honor to be roasted. The individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening. The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a "roast". The host of the event is called the "roastmaster". Anyone who is honored in such a way is said to have been "roasted".

Don Rickels turned insulting people into an art form, he was the king of insults. And he played that part extremely well. He would say things that were so rude and embarrassing that you just had to laugh, because you knew he was kidding, he was hilarious. He had that face and the personality with an uncanny ability of making insulting people seem funny, so most people found it humorous and you just love him for it, mostly because he was fulfilling a type of fantasy for us, that fantasy that we all have of being able to say anything that we want, things that we would like to say, but we know we can't say. So for most people, it's a lot safer to imagine being a rude person, then it is to actually be a rude person. So in a way he's providing a type of service, which shows you what you would look like if you were a jerk, and at the same time, he's letting people know that laughing at ourselves is good for us, and that we should never let anyone get under our skin just because they have insulted us, or perceive to be insulting to us. And that's the key, he's not being honest, he's just making people laugh. He had a special talent of making his misery make you feel happy and feel better about yourself. That's how incredible he was. He had a lot of material too, but he also had a spontaneous wit that was sharp as a knife. So he was not just reliant on his memory, he was also very adaptable to particular moments. And that takes a lot of practice. But once a comedian fills a particular Niche and perfects it, they can pretty much ride that wave for ever. And he did. Don provided a great service by making people laugh. And it's kind of funny to know a person who actually made a living being a jerk, it's totally amazing, and Don was totally respected and loved for it too, and not just because he was a comedian, but you also knew deep down inside that Don was a nice person, he only played a part for us, how cool is that, humans are amazing.

Mr. Warmth the Don Rickels Project 2008 (video) An Emmy winning docu-comedy about the famous stand-up comedian Don Rickles with interviews from Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Sara Silverman, Clint Eastwood, and more.   Aired: 02/19/2008 | Not Rated | 1 hr. 30 min.

Slapstick is a style of humor involving exaggerated physical activity which exceeds the boundaries of normal physical comedy.

It's not about enjoying the suffering of others, it's about us laughing at the accidents that happen to us that don't hurt us, and that is why they are funny, because we can survive misfortune. But as soon as an accident causes injury or death, then they are not funny anymore. If someone went blind from a Pie in the Face, it would not be funny.

If you saw a TV show without a Laugh Track would it still be funny?

Laugh Track is Pre Recorded Laughter

Funny Movies

National Lampoon's Animal House - Clips
Tommy Boy
Airplane (youitube)
The Aristocrats (youitube)
Comedy Movies
U.S. Comedies (wiki)

I'm No Dummy (2009 hulu)

Ventriloquism is an act of stagecraft in which a person (a ventriloquist) changes his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere, usually a puppeteered "dummy". The act of ventriloquism is ventriloquizing, and the ability to do so is commonly called in English the ability to "throw" one's voice.

Puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object that might be shaped like a human, animal or mythical creature, or quite easily might be any kind of object to create the illusion that the puppet is "alive." The puppeteer may be visible to or hidden from the audience. A puppeteer can operate a puppet indirectly by the use of strings, rods, wires, electronics or directly by his or her own hands placed inside the puppet or holding it externally or any other part of the body- such as the legs. Some puppet styles require two or more puppeteers to work together to create a single puppet character.

Marionette is a puppet controlled from above using wires or strings depending on regional variations. A marionette's puppeteer is called a marionettist. Marionettes are operated with the puppeteer hidden or revealed to an audience by using a vertical or horizontal control bar in different forms of theatres or entertainment venues. They have also been used in films and on television. The attachment of the strings varies according to its character or purpose.

Austin Powers (youtube)

Cheech and Chong
Monty Python
Movie Knowledge

Funny TV Shows

Sitcom is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries. A situation comedy television program may be recorded in front of a studio audience, depending on the program's production format. The effect of a live studio audience can be imitated or enhanced by the use of a laugh track.

List of Situation Comedies (wiki)
List of Comedies (wiki)
Watch Saturday Night Live on Hulu
The Top Funniest TV Shows

100 Seinfeld Quotes (youtube)

Why is it funny to see people Fail?
Fail 2009 (youtube)
Fail 2010 Compilation  Video
Comedy Central
A Funny Stuff
College Humor
Funny or Die
Other TV Shows

Hidden Camera Humor

A fun way to examine human behavior was a show called Candid Camera.

Candid Camera is an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt's concept came to television on August 10, 1948, and continued into the 1970s. Aside from occasional specials in the 1980s and 1990s, the show was off air until making a comeback on CBS in 1996, before moving to PAX in 2001. This incarnation of the weekly series ended on May 5, 2004, concurrent with the selling of the PAX network itself. Beginning on August 11, 2014, the show returned in a new series with hour-long episodes on TV Land.

Milgram Experiment - Human Social Behavior Experiments

Hidden Camera Scare Pranks
More Hidden Camera Pranks

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (youtube)

Security Camera Effects

I have recently watched Bad Grandpa and realized that Hidden Camera Practical Jokes can be a great teaching tool that can teach us about human behavior. When I was a kid I loved Candid Camera, which was just one of the many Hidden Camera Television Series. They gave rise to other series such as Punk'd, the The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and What Would You Do? We can easily use all these videos to teach people about what they would do if faced with these particular scenarios.

Why are Scary Prank Video's Funny and Dangerous?

Remember this one..What's Wrong With This Picture?

List of Practical Joke Topics (wiki)

Taking Fake Book Covers on the Subway (youtube)

"Where the ordinary can become extraordinary in an instant, where normal life can be interrupted by surprise, and where for a moment, if we are paying attention, we can be lifted out of the repetition of routines into a creative act that can be hidden in every moment." (Quote from Bad Grandpa .5)

Candid Photography


Best News Bloopers Compilation (youtube)
Best News Bloopers 2015 (youtube)

Blooper is a short sequence of a film or video production, usually a deleted scene, containing a mistake made by a member of the cast or crew. It also refers to an error made during a live radio or TV broadcast or news report, usually in terms of misspoken words or technical errors.

Outtake is a portion of a work (usually a film or music recording) that is removed in the editing process and not included in the work's final, publicly released version. In the digital era, significant outtakes have been appended to CD and DVD reissues of many albums and films as bonus tracks or features, in film often, but not always, for the sake of humor. In terms of photos, an outtake may also mean the ones which are not released in the original set of photos (i.e. photo shoots and digitals).

50 Greatest Movie Bloopers and Outtakes (youtube)

Deleted Scene refers to footage that has been removed, censored, replaced, or simply left out from the final version of a film or television show. (It is occasionally referred to as a "cut scene", however the different usage of this phrase in reference to video games makes this term uncommon in this context.) A related term is "extended scene", which refers to the longer version of a scene which was shortened for the final version of the film. Often extended scenes will be included in collections of deleted scenes, or also referred to as deleted scenes themselves.

Music and Comedy Worlds Funniest Songs. Comical or Nonsensical Songs. The Combination of Music and Laughter.

Novelty Song is a comical or nonsensical song, performed principally for its comical effect. Humorous songs, or those containing humorous elements, are not necessarily novelty songs.

List of Novelty Songs (wiki)
Best Comedy Albums of all time
Music Knowledge

Voice Overs
"STRANGER THINGS: A Bad Lip Reading" (youtube)
"NFL 2018" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL (youtube)
"NFL 2017" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL (youtube)


I use to Love the Funny Papers Section in the Sunday News

Comic Strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions.

List of Newspaper Comic Strips (wiki)
Joker (comic book)  
American Comic Book (wiki)

The Funnies was a precursor of comic books, and the second a standard 1930s comic book.

Cartoon is a type of two-dimensional illustration, typically non-realistic or semi-realistic artistic style of drawing or painting, or an image or series of images intended for satire, caricature, or humor, or a motion picture that relies on a sequence of illustrations for its animation. An artist who creates cartoons is called a cartoonist.
Famous Cartoon Characters

Caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way through sketching, pencil strokes or through other artistic drawings.

Creative Drawing

Some of my favorite comic strips, I had these taped to my refrigerator for over 15 years..

Lock Horns

lavida broke-a



put the cat out

weiner dog

Rated R

Warning some content is rated "R" — Restricted..

Some humor is R-Rated and X-Rated.
Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian who has a really good sense of humor..

How can perverted humor, profanity and dirty jokes be so insulting and funny at the same time?
This goes way beyond comprehension and mood. It’s more about personal beliefs and personal experience. There are just some things that you shouldn’t make fun of. Is that why comedians are so attracted to this type of taboo? Is there humor in shocking people? Why do I seem to remember more dirty jokes then the non-dirty jokes? Is being able to laugh at a dirty joke a sign of intelligence or a sign of ignorance? Or Both?   


When you spend as much time on the internet as I do  you are bound to come across some really funny stuff. So since I'm organizing the internet in other categories I figured this category has been long overdue. We all need laughter in our lives and we also need to laugh at ourselves once in a while.

So this category is where I will collect all the really funny stuff that I can find, or more accurately, what I think is funny. Because funny is hardly universal. That is one of the flaws of comedy because comedy is mostly dependent on comprehension and mood, which we know is sometimes different from person to person.

The Definitive Winnebago Man, A lot of swearing (youtube)
Sexual Innuendos On The News (youtube)
Louis Chewed Up (hulu)
Jim Jefferies - Fully Functional (youtube)
Lenny Bruce (youtube)
New Axe Commercial - Wash Your Balls (youtube)
The Weinerlogues with Jane Lynch from Bill Maher (funny or die)
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Attends Trump’s Inauguration - CONAN on TBS (youtube)
Farewell Mr. Bunting - SNL "I sing my song for all to hear"

100 of the Greatest Movie Insults of all time
I never realized just how much this phrase has been Uttered in movies...You Look Like Sh*t (video)
Every "Fuck" from Every Tarantino Film This list encompasses all “fuck” as part of dialogue in all films WRITTEN by Quentin
Tarantino. (youtube  26:37  Published on Dec 21, 2015)

Why are Farts Funny?

Why are Flatulence or Farts more funny to men then women?

Flatulence Humor refers to any type of joke, practical joke device, or other off-color humor related to flatulence.
20 Classic Movie Farts (youtube)
Social Farter (youtube)
Fart Sound Effects (youtube)
What's a Fart made of and what's in a Fart? (info-graph)

Fart Types and Meanings

Plain Jane: One-second duration, nice resonant reverberation, and pungent odor cloud with a nearly instantaneous 5-foot radius. Your standard, everyday, friendly fart.
Beefy One: Sounds loud and butch, e.g., 'BRAAAMMPPP!' Smells like a cross between a decaying meadow muffin on a hot day and a fresh dog-turd.
Eggy: Smells very much like rotten eggs (or hydrogen sulfide). A powerful odor which tends to put people off lunch. Often rips out in the fashion of a Bunbuster
Bunbuster: 'BRAAAP!' Sounds something like a Beefy One, except much more sudden and much more powerful. May smell either eggy or beefy. Leaves your asshole smarting. You really feel these babies.
Ripper: Sends seismic ripples to the next town. Rips the seams in the crotch of your pants. This fart genuinely hurts, and you can still feel it 20 minutes later. Anyone sitting nearby may experience hearing loss.
Diesel: Sputters to a start, but then keeps putt-putting along spewing out an endless cloud of dirty, noxious fumes.
Surprise! You didn't even know that it was there, but suddenly . . . 'BRRMP!' Yellow surprise
Gunshot: Sounds just like a gunshot. Unbelievably loud indoors. Hard to believe that this emanates from between your buttocks. Bullet explodes into billions of virulent odor molecules. Gunshot farts are relatively rare but, like guns, very dangerous.
You can't make an omelet without breaking wind, a B. Kliban cartoon.
Squeaky: Puny and unsatisfying. Sounds a bit like a muffled 'Wheeeek,' but smells foul.
Worrier: The kind that seems to be a fart right up to the point at which you release it. At this stage, matters become less sure, as it feels too solid for comfort. You go to the bathroom and check your underpants at the first possible opportunity.
Poopie Prelude: It feels like it's going to be a large beefy one, but out comes a tiny little squeaker fart plus the head of something massive. You tense your buttocks fast, lest you give birth to the brown equivalent of a zeppelin.
Present: The type of fart that seems harmless, but then brings a small poop as a housewarming gift. You shuffle off to the toilet and give thanks you weren't in a business meeting or job interview when it happened. If you were, you're screwed.
Burble: Bubbly! Sometimes messy too.
SBD (Silent But Deadly): Totally inaudible but somehow causes all the occupants in a room to collapse. Smell is undefined because nasal investigators haven't had time to analyze the odor before passing out. (This one is also known as SBL: Silent But Lethal and Toxic Assassin.) Dangerous Gases sign!
GNL (Gambled 'n' Lost): You take a gamble that it's going to be a fart and stay where you are, but tragically come to realize that this is much more than a fart... Next big gamble: do you put your underpants in the laundry basket and hope your wife won't notice, do you wash 'em out yourself, or do you throw 'em away?
Hydrated: The original wet fart, which leaves a mark on your pants and gives you a cold wet sticky sensation when you walk. Try to avoid this one if you're wearing white trousers.
Not Now Please! You feel the presence of a mighty fart but are unable to release it due to your situation (first date, new customer, important business meeting, etc.). You clench your buttocks together so hard you nearly have a stroke, and wait for the pressure to subside. Success depends upon a number of factors, but in the end you're probably going to have to face the music (literally). Or you can try the stealth approach.
Who, Me? You let it out as silently as possible and nobody hears it. You discreetly take deep sniffs and smell nothing. You think you got away with it. But 30 seconds later, as if released from a stasis field, everybody starts to cough and splutter. You point to the person next to you and try to look innocent.
Waker-Upper: The first fart of the morning. All that broccoli, beans, and beer you had for dinner last night has decayed and fermented into about 1,000 ml of noxious gas just dying to escape from your rectum. Whether you let go under the covers when you first wake up or hold it until you're taking your early morning pee, releasing that first fart of the day feels oh, so good and sets the tone for the whole day.
Fireball Electrical: Sound like they have some juice in them.
Dutch Oven: A fart you make in bed -- any kind at all -- followed up by holding your partner's head under the bedclothes so that he/she can get the full effect of it. Good for moving a stalled divorce process along. Very bad early in your marriage.


Saturday Night Live - Shake weight DVD

"High as F@%k" Music Video - Jon Lajoie

Pointless Profanity (2)
This is so gross and wrong on so many levels, but what makes it funny is that Jon Lajoie made a song from it.

2 Girls 1 Cup Song - Jon Lajoie  (These 2 girls would win any gross out contest, which is pretty tame compared to.)

Fear FactorJackass or YouTube.

Jackass 2 Best Moments

I really enjoy other song Parodies too like from Weird Al Yankovic and others on YouTube.

Can making fun of our reactions to our own ignorance make our ignorance easier to understand? Can making fun of our beliefs make them easier to understand? Can there be truth in humor? Though I admire South Park for using Freedom of Speech, I'm still sometimes disturbed by seeing humor as a way to bring light to our social problems. It's sick humor but some how it's kind of funny. Can humor be a teaching method? Yes I believe that humor can be a teaching method, and a very funny method as well...well of course not always...nothing is forever, not even a Good Joke.

I sometimes have this feeling that there are some people out there who are having a good laugh at my expense, well let me tell you something, if I were there I would be laughing right along side of you, cause there's no doubt that I'm one really funny character, where does it come from? A good Sense of Humor is truly a beautiful gift. Not to say that everything is funny of course, after all I'm not that crazy?

Robin Williams

Dirty Jokes

Little Nancy was in the garden filling in a hole when her neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, "What are you up to there, Nancy?"
"My goldfish died," replied Nancy tearfully without looking up, "and I've just buried him."
The neighbor was very concerned. "That's an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn't it?"
Nancy patted down the last heap of dirt then replied, "That's because he's inside your fucking cat."

Which sexual position produces the ugliest children?  Ask your mom.

A guy is driving down the street. A cop pulls him over and says, "Sir, were you aware that your wife fell out of the car about a mile back?" The guy says, "Oh, thank God! I thought I went deaf."

What has 75 balls and screws old ladies?   Bingo!

Why do Italians hate Jehovah's Witnesses?   Italians hate ALL witnesses.

What's the difference between an oral thermometer and a rectal thermometer?   The taste.

What's the difference between a G-Spot and a Golf ball? A man will spend 20 minutes looking for a Golf ball.

A blonde and a brunette were walking past a flower shop when the brunette happened to notice her boyfriend buying flowers.
"Oh no, my boyfriend is buying me flowers again for no particular reason," sighed the brunette.
The blonde looked at her friend oddly and said, "What's the big deal? Don't you like getting flowers?"
"Oh, sure I do, but I really don't feel like spending the next three days on my back with my legs in the air."
The blonde thought for a moment and then asked, "Don't you have a vase?"

Jokes for the Elderly

Zen Thoughts
(for those who take life too seriously)

a.. I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
b.. A day without sunshine is like, night.
c.. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
d.. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
e.. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
f..  99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name.
g.. I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
h.. Honk if you love peace and quiet.
i..  Remember, half the people you know are below average.
j..  He who laughs last thinks slowest.
k.. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
l..  The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
m.. I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
n.. Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.
o.. Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life.
p.. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
q.. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
r..  Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
s.. Always try to be modest, and be proud of it!
t..  If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
u.. OK, so what's the speed of dark?
v..  How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
w.. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
x..  When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
y..  Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
z..  Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.
aa..If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
ab..Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
ac..What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
ad..And your final Zen thought for the day..... Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

A first-grade teacher, Ms Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students. The teacher asked, "Harry, what's your problem?"
Harry answered, "I'm too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!"
Ms. Brooks had enough. She took Harry to the principal's office.
While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Ms. Brooks he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed.
Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.
Principal: "What is 3 x 3?"
Harry: "9."
Principal: "What is 6 x 6?"
Harry: "36."
And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.
The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her, "I think Harry can go to the 3rd grade."
Ms. Brooks says to the principal, "Let me ask him some questions."
The principal and Harry both agreed.
Ms. Brooks asks, "What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?"
Harry, after a moment: "Legs."
Ms Brooks: "What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?"
The principal wondered why would she ask such a question!
Harry replied: "Pockets."
Ms. Brooks: "What does a dog do that a man steps into?"
Harry: "Pants."
The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open.
Ms. Brooks: "What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?"
The principal's eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the answer, Harry replied, "Bubble gum."
Ms. Brooks: "What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?"
Harry: "Shake hands."
The principal was trembling.
Ms. Brooks: "What word starts with an 'F' and ends in 'K' that means a lot of heat and excitement?"
Harry: "Firetruck."
The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the
teacher, "Put Harry in the fifth-grade, I got the last six questions wrong... "

100 Clean Jokes

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

Lessons learned

I've learned-that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

I've learned-that no matter how much I care, some people are just assholes.

I've learned-that it takes years to build up trust, and only suspicion, not proof, to destroy it.

I've learned-that it's not what you have in your life but how much you have in your bank accounts.

I've learned-that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you'd better have a big dick or huge tits.

I've learned-that you shouldn't compare yourself to others - they are more fucked up than you think.

I've learned-you should always leave loved ones with loving words. You may need to borrow money.

I've learned-that you can keep puking long after you think you're finished.

I've learned-that we are responsible for what we do, unless we are celebrities.

I've learned-that either you control your attitude or you will be offered medication.

I've learned-that money is a great substitute for character.

I've learned-that no matter how badly your heart is broken therapy is still expensive.

I've learned-that overzealous customs agents can change your life in a matter of hours.

I've learned-that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.
And all the less important ones just never go away.

I've learned-To say "Fuck them if they can't take a joke" in 6 languages.

There’s nothing more liberating then saying those three words to someone who deserves it…Go Fuck Yourself !

Why Profanity and Foul Mouth Language is ineffective when communicating.

Young Women Laughing

The Thinker Man