By Peter McGraw on March 27, 2017
I was recently invited by the Center of the American West to join two good friend–Adam Bradley and Shane Mauss–to talk about the interplay of music and humor. Here is the video of the event. And here is the awkward promotional video for the event. You might enjoy the bloopers at the end.
By Peter McGraw on February 12, 2017
Find out on Saturday, March 18th as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts hosts Funny or True?, the comedy game show where the audience gets to decide. Funny or True? pits scientists against comedians to see who is smartest and funniest. The audience uses their smartphone to vote in real-time for their favorite answers to brainy questions submitted […]
By Peter McGraw on December 3, 2016
The nice people at CRACKED invited me to their podcast: Psychology Myths You Believe (Thanks to the Movies). It turned out well (thanks to the magic of editing): Here is the write-up on CRACKED.com.
By Peter McGraw on July 24, 2016
After my last sabbatical, I reported in a blog post what might be my post-Humor Code life might look like. I am now taking back one of the plans that I presented in the report: 3) Draw on the benign violation theory and related behavioral science research to examine how we can enhance humor. That’s right. […]
By Sophia Jaekel on July 6, 2016
Being publicly degraded is distressing. However, a popular subreddit on Reddit, /r/roastme, is populated by people asking to get roasted by strangers. The results are… pretty funny. actually: The Benign Violation Theory helps explain what makes this process so funny. Humor arises when something is wrong yet okay, threatening yet safe, or what we call a […]