The Psychology of Comedy

Author(s) : G. Neil Martin

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The Psychology of Comedy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : August 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 174
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 95773
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367366094
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367366
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What makes us laugh? Why is comedy so important? How does comedy affect our behaviour?

The Psychology of Comedy provides a unique insight into the role of laughter and humour in our lives. From the mechanics of comedy and what makes a good joke, to the health benefits of laughter, the book delves into different types of comedy, from slapstick to complex puns, and the physiological response it provokes. The dark side of comedy is also considered, confronting the idea that what is funny to some can be offensive to others, making this universal experience also highly subjective.

In a time when comedy continues to be one of the most popular and enduring forms of art, The Psychology of Comedy reminds us that laughter really is good for the soul.

Reviews and Endorsements

"Analysing comedy is like herding bubbles but this book is both a detailed study of the art of making people laugh and an entertainment in itself, and Neil Martin is an excellent bubble herder." - David Quantick, Emmy-winning writer of Veep; TV Burp, Brass Eye, The Thick Of It, On The Hour.

"Brilliant. The perfect guide to what's going on in our heads while our faces are busy laughing"- Joel Morris, writer, Viz, Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, Paddington.

"A fun and informative romp that will put a smile on your face"- Professor Richard Wiseman, Professor of Psychology and creator of The Laugh Lab.

"Many people don't realize how important comedy is across so many facets of our life. This is an entertaining and thorough compilation of everything and did and didn't want to know about comedy." - Kasha Patel, stand-up comedian and science writer for NASA.

About the Author(s)

G Neil Martin is Honorary Professor of Psychology at Regent's University of London, a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, former books editor of Deadpan magazine and editorial board member of the Annals of Improbable Research.

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