Does researching and writing about humor kills all the fun (and makes you depressed)?

Does researching and writing about humor kills all the fun (and makes you depressed)? Let me give it to you straight up: no, it does not –– but it is more complicated than that… I usually start my lectures and workshops by telling audience that I will share with them theories and research from the psychology of humor, show examples, and conduct interactive exercises and discussion related to the particular topic of the presentation (e.g. humor and cross-cultural interactions or leadership). I also say that “I will make a humble attempt to make them laugh, although researching and writing about humor doesn’t necessarily make one a comedian”. It elicits some laughter, usually, but I also say it for a reason: First, whenever there is a word...

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The universality of smile and laughter

Some years ago, I was hitchhiking with friends in rural Serbia and we were a little lost. I approached an elderly man sitting on his porch, just off the road, to ask for directions. He did not seem happy about it, but I did not have a choice: ‘Excuse me sir, do you speak English?’ Slowly but decisively, he turned his head side to side and uttered a short ‘no.’ I tried Spanish: ‘¿Habla usted Español?’ Same answer, this time entirely muted. I kept on going, naming every language one of my friends or I knew: ‘Govorish po-ruski?’, ‘Deutsch?’, ‘Italliano?’, ‘Polski?’ Nothing, nada, Nichst… Despite my polyglottic show-off, we were unable to communicate. ‘Parlez-vous français?’ he shouted out suddenly. I had listed almost all main European languag...

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RADIO: Short interview on humor

Couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by a Danish journalist-duo from London, aka The Stray Dogs. They have quite an interesting blog, especially for Londoners, where they share stray stories from “walking the streets of London, sniffing around, nose to the ground (…), often with a Danish angle.” They also run a radio show as part of the blog (thanks to the courtesy of the London Fields Radio) and it was there I was interviewed about the origins and functions of humor, gender differences and the possibility to learn how to be funny. You can listen to my part of the interview below:   Visit the Stray Dogs blog to hear the whol show at

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

Humor: The Power & Purpose of Play, AATH Annual Conference – Holiday Inn Orlando-Disney Springs, Florida USA, 27th to 30th of April, 2017.

2017 International Society for Humor Studies Conference – Montreal, Canada, 10th to 14th of July, 2017.

17th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, July 17-22 2017.