What Makes Something Funny?

What is humor? What makes something funny?

Below is an answer from folks who’ve done the research, and we’ll try to apply these ideas to Dave Barry’s essay, “Turkeys in the Kitchen” by asking:

Why is Dave Barry funny? or What makes Dave Barry’s language humorous?

Without further adieu, here’s the theory in under 13 minutes:

The Benign Violation Theory from TEDx Boulder

There are also some others underlying the above theory which we can test:

  • Superiority/Inferiority theory
  • Incongruity theory
  • Tension release theory                  Here’s link to an overview of the above.
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