Never more shall you pay full price for a sub-par comedian. A comedy club in Spain is using tablets with facial recognition software to figure out how much to charge its customers. The future is now.
In this short documentary for The Atlantic, longtime laughter researcher Robert Provine tells filmmaker Sam-Price Waldman about some of his most notable observations and conclusions.
You've probably seen the trailers for Carrie, in which Julianne Moore tells Carrie, "They're all going to laugh at you." But is she right? And will they laugh for the reason that Moore claims? Philosophy says yes. Experimental science says maybe.
This supercut of 100 maniacal movie laughs will either have you grinning like an idiot or hiding behind the sofa. Which of these maddened and manic movie characters has the craziest cackle, the choicest chortle, the most terrible titter?
Neuroscientist Sophie Scott explores the neurobiology of laughter in this wonderful short film about perception, communication and cognitive development. We rarely think about it, but laughter — whether it's a quick smile or an uncontrollable giggle-fit — is tangled up with all of these things.
Whether you're laughing involuntarily at a joke, or smiling politely at a stranger's unfunny anecdote, your facial expressions play an important role in communicating with those around you.
Nothing breaks the ice like a good joke, right? Sadly, that isn't the case with scientific papers, as those with the funniest titles get swept aside in favor of dry, technical titles. When did science become so hopelessly square?
In 1975, Alex Mitchell of England was laughing maniacally while watching the "Kung-Fu Kapers" episode of the UK comedy program The Goodies. After 25 solid minutes of guffawing, Mitchell let out one last chortle and died of a massive coronary.