Why are jokes funny?
• United States
11 Jun 08
well i guess there are different jokes that may appeal to certain people. every body has a sense of humor at least most. and when something is amusing to them, whatever it may be, they will laugh. so a joke is just a formated storyline set up to invoke those "sense of humor" aspects of a person.
17 Jun 08
Arthur Koestler wrote "The Act of Creation", a very big book on creativity and genius and he considers three kinds of people to be geniuses and proceeds to dissect each one of them, the scientist, the artist and the comedian. He discusses the elements of a joke or humor which he says comes from the collision of two matrices of thought (he also calls them universes of discourse) which are completely divergent or opposite or unrelated. Their sudden meeting or collision causes humor. Consider a serious man walking and a banana peel. Both are unrelated. When they suddenly meet, the result is hilarious.