Intro to Humor Theory

4:30 pm, Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Location: meet up in tearoom, move to Ryerson

Lecture by Hillel Wayne

Abstract:

What makes something funny? While we can point to many things that are funny- Schadenfreude, bad movies, blond jokes- we can’t easily say how or why they’re funny. This talk will introduce many of the differing (and sometimes conflicting) theories of humor, including superiority, incongruity-resolution, and misattribution. Expect lots of rambling and really corny jokes.

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