Month: April 2014

What are the funniest cities in the United States?

The Humor Code teamed up with the Humor Research Lab to answer perhaps our most controversial question yet: “What are the funniest cities in United States?“ The HuRL team, led by Adrian Ward and Caleb Warren, created the Humor Algorithm (HA) to rank the 50 funniest cities in America – the most comprehensive analysis of […]

Q: What makes things funny? A: Benign violations

In the latest installment of “What makes things funny?,” Caleb Warren and I create a Slide Share presentation to answer the question. Those of you who know us won’t be surprised to learn that we use the benign violation theory of humor to do it. Enjoy! What Makes Things Funny? from Peter McGraw . Special […]

See what you missed when the Humor Code took over Gotham

As part of the Humor Code launch, we headed to New York City to “take over Gotham.” The event featured improv by Upright Citizens Brigade and standup by Sarah Kennedy, Ophira Eisenberg, and MYQ Kaplan. We topped the night off with a science vs. comedy panel. Heather Willems of Image Think did an amazing job […]


As you probably know, I’ve been working with a journalist, Joel Warner, on a book about the science of humor. After years of work, The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny hits bookstores today. This is not an April Fool’s joke. During our travels we questioned experts, from Louis C.K. to […]