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Scientist Claims Men Are Funnier Than Women
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-22-2007 | Nick Britten

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.


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KEYWORDS: comedy; funnier; gags; genderwars; jokes; nobrainer; scientist
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To: ValerieTexas

Me too. I already did. Thanks. I love groaners.


51 posted on 12/21/2007 8:33:02 PM PST by Picklezz ( (HUNTER: SOLID! Tops on: Illegals, Trade, DPRK, Iran/Iraq, Economy, WOT, PRC, Budget, PROLife))
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To: Diogenesis
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52 posted on 12/21/2007 8:37:11 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: billorites
...the funniest joke I've heard in years.

Heard a comic tell this one: A man is walking through the field one day and talking to God. "God, why do you make women so soft?" God answers "So you'll like them." Then asks the man "God why do you make women so beautiful?" And God answers "So you'll like them." The man stops and looks a bit puzzled. "Well God," he asks "Why do you make women so stupid?" And God answers "So they'll like you."

53 posted on 12/21/2007 8:38:47 PM PST by Tall_Texan (No Third Term For Bill Clinton!)
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To: elkfersupper; bannie

>Nothin’ new, really: Women nurture, men prod. It makes for a working team.<

“A very astute and impressive observation.”


And deep too.


54 posted on 12/21/2007 8:39:59 PM PST by ansel12
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To: blam
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55 posted on 12/21/2007 8:39:59 PM PST by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Diogenesis

That’s funny!


56 posted on 12/21/2007 8:42:43 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: ansel12
Oh, please! Don't stop there!!!


57 posted on 12/21/2007 8:43:42 PM PST by bannie
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To: Diogenesis

Whatever you say, sweetie, is just fine by me.


58 posted on 12/21/2007 8:48:17 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: ValerieTexas
Check your + FReepmail please.
59 posted on 12/21/2007 8:51:47 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: najida
I’m speaking in general.

Personally I find women to be as funny as men. But it’s not unusual for men to claim that men are funnier than women. Christopher Hitchen’s wrote an article in Vanity Fair recently about this very subject. Hitch was in a quandary to why women just don't tickle his funny bone. Cause he's such a laugh riot.

And don’t forget Ricky cheated like the dickens.

60 posted on 12/21/2007 8:54:55 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: CaptainK

So did Lucy....

Honestly, I think women are funniest to other women, and men are funniest to other men (usually). It’s like arguing apples and oranges really.


61 posted on 12/21/2007 8:56:50 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: najida
Lucy??? With who? If you say Gary Morton that doesn't count. I've only heard about Rickey's prodigious cheating. .

Honestly, I think women are funniest to other women, and men are funniest to other men (usually). It’s like arguing apples and oranges really

I agree with you on that point.

62 posted on 12/21/2007 9:01:12 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Diogenesis

That is a lovely photo. Did she say something?


63 posted on 12/21/2007 9:01:26 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: CaptainK
I think it was Gary that I was thinking of....

I don’t think Ricky cheated (the rat bastard) because she was funnier, but to ‘put her in her place’ so to speak.....she was the top name and face and it was his way of getting back and degrading her.

Anyhow, Hitchens isn’t that funny to me, however, writers like Evanovich can make me cry with laughter.

64 posted on 12/21/2007 9:07:20 PM PST by najida (As God is my witness! The cockatoos ate my breakfast..)
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To: bannie

She was bad enough that years later she apologized to me for it.


65 posted on 12/21/2007 9:08:12 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: ValerieTexas

Well my wife would be surprised.

Hmmm, you kind of sound like her....


66 posted on 12/21/2007 9:09:03 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: Secret Agent Man

I’m sorry!!!

I was kidding.


67 posted on 12/21/2007 9:10:01 PM PST by bannie
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To: bannie
Nothin’ new, really: Women nurture, men prod. It makes for a working team.

Cf. Freud, Wit and It's Relation to the Unconscious. "The libido of looking and touching is found in every person in two forms, active and passive, or masculine and feminine."

Needless to say this theme is elaborated, e.g. "Among rural people or in the ordinary hostelry one can observe that not till the waitress or hostess approaches the guests does the obscene wit come out; in a higher order of society just the opposite happens, here the presence of a woman puts an end to smutty talk."

I highly recommend this work.

68 posted on 12/21/2007 9:14:16 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: blam

I think there is more of a humor divide between liberals and conservatives than between men and women.

Liberals have no sense of humor about anything.

I once saw a book full of “screw in the light bulb” jokes, and one of them was, “how many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?” The punchline? “That’s not funny.”


69 posted on 12/21/2007 9:16:59 PM PST by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is criminal insanity writ large.)
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To: potlatch

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Funny peculiar?


70 posted on 12/21/2007 9:17:05 PM PST by devolve (---- - Hey Boone! - My bonus check is late again! -)
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To: bannie

It’s okay, I can laugh at it now, and she can too. Let’s just say that PMS is real, kids, and it can kill you. :)


71 posted on 12/21/2007 9:18:12 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: blam


There's no friggin' way ... go on and get down with yer bad self ...
72 posted on 12/21/2007 9:20:44 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: devolve

[Funny peculiar?]

Lol, are you worried?? snicker. They ‘may’ think they’re funnier than they are and we women put up with it!!
Naa, women may try to be more polite, I don’t know.

Heading to bed.


73 posted on 12/21/2007 9:25:15 PM PST by potlatch ("Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance!")
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To: Disambiguator

HA!
I love it


74 posted on 12/21/2007 9:33:39 PM PST by ValerieTexas
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To: blam


Funny...how ?
75 posted on 12/21/2007 9:39:03 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: Diogenesis

But she IS cute!

I’m sure her mother told her a thousand times, “Don’t you worry sugar, nobody will ever ask YOU a hard question!”


76 posted on 12/21/2007 9:40:40 PM PST by Redbob
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To: ValerieTexas
"Benny Hill lives on!!"

LOL! I just watched the Best of Benny Hill on DVD last night. I enjoyed it because I can fast forward through his stupid singing numbers. Some of it is still supremely funny. It always makes me laugh when he pats Jackie Wright on the top of his little old man head.

77 posted on 12/21/2007 9:46:42 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: blam

Oh? Do I amuse you? Funny? Funny how? Funny like a clown? Funny like 'haha'?

78 posted on 12/21/2007 9:51:02 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: dr_lew
I'm workin' on my own case study.


79 posted on 12/21/2007 9:58:17 PM PST by bannie
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To: billorites

Sarah Silverman is funny a lot of the time because she is so unbelievably un-PC. Most of the big female comics are painfully politically correct, which is never funny. The worst is Elaine Boosler.


80 posted on 12/21/2007 9:58:27 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Well, I hope that you have a great marriage, so you can see the softer side of women.


81 posted on 12/21/2007 10:00:29 PM PST by bannie
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To: blam
They are,they are just trying to get our attention for sex-we laugh at them
82 posted on 12/21/2007 10:06:22 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs for Christmas:))
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To: Redbob

They’d have something hard for her, but it wouldn’t be a question.


83 posted on 12/21/2007 10:16:34 PM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: Bonaparte


Funny how?
84 posted on 12/21/2007 10:35:05 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: blam

38!

Must be the delivery...

(full joke available on request)


85 posted on 12/21/2007 10:50:41 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again. And Always Act.)
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To: elkfersupper

...that’s because women don’t fart...they pootie.


86 posted on 12/22/2007 12:13:26 AM PST by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: blam
Studies of brain patterns suggested women place a greater emphasis on the language, employing a more analytical approach and less on the punchline.

Is that why my wife forgets the punch line, puts it in the wrong place, leaves out the key word, or gets diverted into telling another anecdote?


87 posted on 12/22/2007 2:04:47 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: blam

My kingdom for a witty, heterosexual woman.


88 posted on 12/22/2007 2:54:54 AM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy.)
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To: CaptainK

Guys who are handsome, urbane, witty and charming don’t need to be funny.

There is a very good reason that most guys just shoot for ‘funny’.


89 posted on 12/22/2007 4:09:09 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: blam

Women with wit are incredibly attractive — and rare.


90 posted on 12/22/2007 4:12:53 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: TalBlack

Guys, if you don’t shoot too soon, you don’t need to shoot for funny.


91 posted on 12/22/2007 5:42:58 AM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: blam

Our government schools will solve this problem the old fashioned way - with ritilin.


92 posted on 12/22/2007 5:56:23 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: Revolting cat!

What about the Orthodox ones ?

Also where do the Amish and Presbyterians fall in the ranking ?

LOL.......................


93 posted on 12/22/2007 7:43:17 AM PST by festus (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: JillValentine

“...if you don’t shoot too soon,...”

Never a prob, I gotta say, but ‘urbane and witty’ welll....


94 posted on 12/22/2007 9:04:29 AM PST by TalBlack
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To: ValerieTexas

We watched Catherine Tate on BBC America last night. She was hilarious. She is like a one woman Monty Python. I thought the bit about the refuge home for gingers (which I assume is Brit slang for redhead) was a riot.


95 posted on 12/22/2007 9:24:31 AM PST by reg45
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To: xc1427
...that’s because women don’t fart...they pootie.

They don't sweat either, .......they glow.

96 posted on 12/22/2007 5:53:59 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

Right you are.


97 posted on 12/23/2007 11:17:53 PM PST by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: blam

I don’t know, Lisa Lampanelli is one funny biotch.


98 posted on 12/23/2007 11:26:36 PM PST by 38special (I mean come on.)
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