The desire to laugh is universal. But why do we find some gags hilarious, whilst others fall flat? Why does explaining a joke make it less amusing rather than more so? Why is laughter contagious, and why did it evolve in the first place?
Using the oldest jokes and the latest science, in The Comedy of Error, Jonathan Silvertown, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Edinburgh, investigates why we laugh: from laughter’s evolutionary origins, to similarities and differences in humour across cultures, and even why being funny makes us sexier.
Here he’s in conversation with comedian Robin Ince, co-host of Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage, pioneer of live shows mixing science, music and comedy, and author of I’m A Joke And So Are You, which uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of life’s biggest questions.
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