What is Laughter?

An interesting article in the NYTIMES about the biological foundations of laughter.
The headline reads:

What’s So Funny? Well, Maybe Nothing

Like any comedian knows, a lot of it has to do with who is in the room. The article’s premise is that laughter is a social tool used to get along and show you are not a threat. In studies they found people laughed more at jokes told by people who were dominant or in authority.

Maybe I should study this instead of improv. 😉

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About Shana Merlin

Merlin Works is the brainchild of Shana Merlin: improviser, teacher, and performer. Since 1996, she’s been leading classes that stretch people’s imaginations, push them out of their comfort zones, and make them laugh out loud for hours at a time.

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