Anthropology of Humor and Laughter


Anthropology of Humor and Laughter


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Started by Cecilia Montero Mórtola Apr 30, 2016.

John Cleese 2014 - Monty Python Interview enjoy!

It has wonderful anthropological,  literacy and stories of life reflections about humour with what you are going to laugh and think as well while you are watching it.…Continue

Started by Cecilia Montero Mórtola Apr 17, 2016.

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Started by Cecilia Montero Mórtola Nov 29, 2015.

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Comment by Larry Stout on December 11, 2012 at 8:51pm

[Please excuse the typos -- I'm losing my keyboard touch for sure!]

Comment by Larry Stout on December 11, 2012 at 8:50pm

I like to laugh -- with others, at others, and at myself, equally.  I enjoy being around people who are inclined to see humor in life (as contrasted with sardonic or sarcastic laughter).  I have been described variously as "witty" (my favorite appellation), "the king of corn" (said scornfully), and "a smart ass" (said clinically, or with malice).

Intercultural disparities in humor (which do no exclude intrafamilial disparities!) sometimes hinge on idiosyncratical semantic discrepancies and differing emotive connotations.

When we say "there is no accounting for taste", humor is certainly one of the referents.

I remember reading (long ago) Freud's "Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious", which I found to be, typical of Freud in my judgement, both calculatedly abstruse to the point of opacity, and methodically contrived, as also was, in particular, his "Pscychopathology of Everday Life".

Here is an example of my own homespun wit, which perhaps is to a degree revelatory of whatever flippant thing it is that I am:

Q. What is the Jolly Green Giant's favority hymn?

A.  "Let There be Peas in the Valley"


Comment by Patrick McKearney on November 18, 2011 at 2:15pm


I'm doing a master's thesis on British stand-up comedy, but I feel a bit stuck. I can't seem to find much decent anthropology of humour. Can anyone recommend a few basic texts to get me started? Or is it just an under-developed area?



Comment by sudheer hajela on June 6, 2010 at 5:40pm
Being a stutent of literature,i feel n believe that literature establishes that man is essentially one,antropology studies the physical that shapes the inner-man.the eternal springs of humour n laughter in the anthropology of man make him a unique creature on earth.Does the variation in anthropological features decides the levels of humour in man?
Comment by Cecilia Montero Mórtola on June 5, 2010 at 11:01am
I wrote an article in 2007 about anthropology and humor, it is in spanish, I dont know I you can read in this language..its more an aproach to the relation..a beginning..I put the link here


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