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Posted on 12/21/2007 7:25:57 PM PST by blam
Scientist claims men are funnier than women
By Nick Britten
Last Updated: 1:40am GMT 22/12/2007
Men are more naturally funny than women, according to a male scientist who says men make more jokes and the gags tend to be more aggressive.
As part of his research Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, rode a unicycle around Newcastle upon Tyne and judged the reaction of 400 onlookers.
Comedians Victoria Wood and Peter Kay
He said 75 per cent of male respondents made snide comments such as "Lost your wheel?" and jeered, while few women made cutting remarks and tended to make encouraging, praising comments.
Men were also more likely to comment and young men were the most aggressive, Prof Shuster told the British Medical Journal. The older the men were, the mellower were their comments.
Previous research has suggested women and men differ in how they use and appreciate humour, and it backs Prof Shuster's findings that suggest men are more likely to use humour aggressively by making others the butt of the joke.
Prof Shuster said he believed humour develops from aggression caused by male hormones. The simplest explanation, he said, is the effect of male hormones such as testosterone.
"The difference between the men and women was absolutely remarkable and consistent," said Prof Shuster.
"At 11-13 years, the boys began to get really aggressive. Into puberty, the aggression became more marked, then it changed into a form of joke. The men were snide."
He added that the initial aggressive intent seems to become channelled into a more subtle and sophisticated joke, so the aggression is hidden by wit.
Dr Nick Neave, a psychologist at the University of Northumbria who has studied the physical, behavioural and psychological effects of testosterone, said men might respond aggressively because they see the other unicycling man as a threat, attracting female attention away from themselves.
"This would be particularly challenging for young males entering the breeding market. It does not surprise me that their responses were the more threatening," he said.
The research was dismissed by one of the country's leading stand-up comics. John Moloney, who works on the club circuit, said: "In 21 years on the circuit I have never noticed men being funnier.
"I think the testosterone leads men to be more naturally aggressive but not necessarily funnier.
"The difference is that if a group of women were together and the conversation lulls, they don't automatically start telling jokes, which men do, and then it becomes a bit of a competition. But that doesn't mean to say they are funnier."
Two years ago, researchers at Stanford University claimed there was a gender divide in appreciating humour. Studies of brain patterns suggested women place a greater emphasis on the language, employing a more analytical approach and less on the punchline.
A misleading headline.
Trying to be funny and actually being funny are two different things.
I think this “male scientist” is playing a joke on the people who are paying his salary.
Who’s to say aggressive humour is funnier humour?
With underwear on their heads, no doubt.
Have you heard about corduroy pillows?
They’re making headlines all over!
Nothin’ new, really: Women nurture, men prod. It makes for a working team.
While I don’t know about entire genders, I would have to say that I have never met a woman as funny as I am. Or as modest. Or handsome.
This is a serious finding!
Benny Hill lives on!!
Next, a scientist is going to discover that Jews are funnier than gentiles!
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor.
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.
A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
A pessimist’s blood type is always B-negative.
A successful diet is the triumph of mind over platter.
Banning the bra was a big flop.
Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
Corduroy pillows are making headlines.
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.
Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Energizer Bunny arrested - charged with battery.
I fired my masseuse today. She rubbed me the wrong way.
I used to be a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.
I used to work in a blanket factory, but it folded.
If electricity comes from electrons... does morality come from morons?
Is a book on voyeurism a peeping tome?
Marriage is the mourning after the knot before.
My wife really likes to make pottery, but to me it’s just kiln time.
Practice safe eating - always use condiments.
Reading whilst sunbathing makes you well-red.
Sea captains don’t like crew cuts.
Shotgun wedding - a case of wife or death.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.
When you dream in color, it’s a pigment of your imagination.
Without geometry, life is pointless.
A very astute and impressive observation.
I’m stealing those.
come on....don’t get defensive. If you really think that wimmins are funnier than mens then....oh nevermind. You can’t be serious.
come on val....men are programmed to perform. we have to earn our right at the mating table. you guys get to sit back and just pick amongst us.
Guy could be in more trouble than a cartoonist doing sketches of mohammed.
I thought the same thing... :)
He’s probably a fag!
Why did the Turtle cross the road,,??,,,this is only a test..
But, honestly, there weren’t any women in Monty Python, were there?
To show the armadillo that it could be done.
That’s good,,,(better than mine really),,but you get the buzzer,,
I’ve been making pretty girls laugh since I was 8 years old. I don’t intend to give that up irrespective of the research.
Ever had your mother say “Hey pull my finger”?
Good comment bannie!
I kept looking for the funny but all I could find was snide.
Oh, well - I could have told him men and women find different things funny to begin with.
Men are funnier to me because I take women seriously.
"I got raped by a doctor."
Which, for a Jewish girl, is bittersweet."
well, you had to be there...
“Women nurture, men prod.”
Revise that a bit:
“Women nag, men prod.”
There ya go.
Humor is to men what beauty is to women. A ticket to instant attention from the opposite sex.
In general, women don’t want to date a man who is more attractive than they are and men don’t want to date a women who is funnier.
To many men the definition of a woman with a sense of humor is a woman who finds him funny.
So you’re saying that Lucille Ball wasn’t loved by Ricky?
Or Carole Burnett’s hubby doesn’t find her attractive?
Or Jill Connor-Browne isn’t found super sexy, funny and lovable by her much younger and cute as heck husband?
if I had to choose between humor and having a man....
I’d think I’d choose humor....
Granted, with a man around there might be more to laugh about ;)
OK,,,to get to the Shell Station,,my wife tells it better..
Sure you're not secret agent woman?
I thought Hillary’s cackle shred that idea to smithereens.
So does Benny Hinn and that man ain’t funny one bit.
Lauren Caitlin Upton, - Miss South Carolina:
I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because,
uhmmm, some people( I swear she said Osama),
out there in our nation dont have maps and uh, I believe that our,
I, education like such as uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq,
everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh,
our education over here in the US should help the U.S., uh,
should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq
and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us.