By Peter McGraw on July 7, 2015
I recently had a great talk about comedy and business with Brian Carter. Brian is a marketer, comedian, and author (of The Cowbell Principle). . See more about Brian and the interview here.
By Sophia Jaekel on July 1, 2015
Joel Warner and I delve into the history of stand-up comedy in this Slate article. It’s an odd sort of entertainment. There’s no narrative structure, no plot, backstory, sets, editors, or producers. It’s comedy boiled down to basics: a comedian and an audience, where you either score a laugh or you don’t. As British comedian […]
By Sophia Jaekel on June 3, 2015
Joel Warner and I look into how the comedy world deals with joke stealing: With all of this joke borrowing going on, what’s an aggrieved comedian to do? Does anyone actually own a joke, after all? What legal recourse, if any, does that owner have when some hack swipes his best material? Read the full […]
By Sophia Jaekel on May 20, 2015
Can a chuckle be a catalyst for a revolution? Joel Warner and I take a look at whether humor is a thermometer or a thermostat: Let’s consider the case of Serbia in 1999. The small Balkan state was in its 10th year in the autocratic grip of President Slobodan Milošević. Four recent wars with neighboring […]
By Peter McGraw on May 6, 2015
The nice people at ESPN’s 538 site came to Boulder to look at our research examining how to make people funnier. I hope to have more results soon. In the meantime, come to our Humor Hackfest (5/12), which is part of Boulder Startup Week.