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‘The Humor Code’ and the Science of How Comedy Works

Writing about comedy has become a cottage industry in recent years as the swelling popularity of live and online humor has birthed a new audience for comedy journalism, whether it's Jason Zinoman's New York Times pieces or Splitsider's own [...]

By John Wenzel

The Marshmallow Diaries, by Howard Mittelmark

Day one: Brought to the Stanford campus with other four-year-olds for “tests” starting tomorrow. All very mysterious. Something about marshmallows. Nobody will say what, exactly. Maybe new kind of marshmallow? Even yummier? I resisted the urge [...]

By Brian Boone

Science Confirms That Comedians Are Psychotic

In one of the most obvious findings ever, a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry has confirmed that comedians possess more psychotic characteristics compared to their non-comedian peers. The researchers asked 523 comedians from Australia, [...]

By Megh Wright

Lutz from ‘30 Rock’ Is Now a Lab Experiment

30 Rock actor and former SNL writer John Lutz is selling his body to science for an upcoming book, as reported by The New York Times. Lutz is collaborating with Jamil Zaki, an assistant professor in psychology at Stanford on a book called The [...]

By Bradford Evans