Category Archives: Humor Research

UK comedy guide seeks paid contributors

Do you have opinions about comedy? Can you organize them and write them down? Can you spell the word humor with two U’s (but not in a row)? Then you might win 75 British pounds (£75, roughly US$150) as a … Continue reading

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Second City college comedy classes

Chicago’s famous The Second City Training Center is now offering a college “semester abroad” in comedy history, performance, improvisation, and writing through Columbia College Chicago (suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/entertainment/253209,5_1_WA12_ILLCOMEDY_S1.article) [EDIT (6/4/10): dead link]. Comedy Studies program There have been individual college classes in … Continue reading

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Humor might save your life

Humor can help us deal with difficult situations; laughter can make us feel better. But can they help with disease, as American Norman Cousins (more) believed about his own heart disease? A modest study in Trondheim, Norway, shows there may … Continue reading

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Follow-up: Oral language-play for speech impaired

Back in August I posted (Oral language-play for speech impaired) about the System to Augment Non-speakers Dialogue Using Puns (STANDUP) project that helps speech-impaired children develop language analysis through puns. The Discovery Channel has a little more information. The program: … Continue reading

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Comedy veteran Bill Dana aids humor archive

Bill Dana (IMDb entry), probably best known for his José Jiménez character on The Steve Allen Show and elsewhere in the 1950s and 1960s and more recently for a recurring role on The Golden Girls in the early 1990s, has … Continue reading

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Oral language-play for speech impaired

Researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh in Scotland have developed experimental pun-generating software for children who use computerized assistance to communicate. It’s called System to Augment Non-speakers Dialogue Using Puns (STANDUP). Kudos to the researchers for recognizing … Continue reading

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BBC show studying British humor / humour

The UK’s Open University (home page, distance learning) will go around Britain with a “joke booth” to solicit jokes and humorous stories from the public for academic analysis. Then British comedian Lenny Henry will host a BBC One program about … Continue reading

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