VIDEO: keynote speech on humor in cross-cultural interactions

I was invited to do a keynote speech on humor for a crowd of researchers and practitioners working with cross-cultural themes during the 14th annual IACCM conference in Vienna, Austria. I titled the speech “Humor in cross-cultural interaction: Are we having a laugh?” partially to reflect the complexity of humor in cross-cultural context, partially to remind myself that the audience will probably expect some good ol’ funny bits in the speech — not only research and theories. As E. B. White noted once, in what since became the most used quote in relation to humor research, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” And we, humor scholars, often tend to ov...

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The Humor Profiler project: Help in research and get a chance to win a book!

Do you feel like answering a couple of questions about your humor preferences? Would you like to help developing an instrument that will help teams use humor more and better? Do you want to get a chance to win one of 10 copies of “Humor Code” by Peter McGraw and Joel Werner? If you answered “yes”, “maybe” or “African swallow” to any of these questions – read on or jump straight to the questions:   Background Work is not always fun, but the common knowledge and scientific research alike tell us that good humor is crucial for good collaboration. At the same time, humor is not an easy animal to tame and it often becomes the “elephant in the room” in many organizations, groups and teams. Together with i...

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A short essay on why rating funniness can kill the fun

Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python, recounts an episode related to the test screening of the group’s first feature film, none other than Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The test-audience had been warned that the creators wanted to check if the movie was funny before they ship it off to the movie theaters. Result? They laughed for only about five minutes and concluded that the film was “all right”.   “All right”? Just “all right”? This?! Are you deaf and blind?!   Although worried by this cold reception, the crew sent the feature to a movie festival in L.A., where the viewers were self-selected and had to pay to get the tickets and… laughed a great deal throughout the movie. *** In my first piece of...

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Conferences, open courses, summer schools and other humor psychology events about to happen:

4th LAFAL Symposium – at the University of Łódź, Poland, 17th-18th March, 2016

2016 International Society for Humor Studies Conference – at the Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 27th June to 1st July, 2016