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Videos: What's so funny?

Experts in the psychology of humor select film and audio clips that make them laugh.

Posted on January 19, 2011

Michael Graziano ’89 *96, Princeton psychology professor:

In this clip, pianist Dudley Moore mocks Beethoven mercilessly and pays homage to him at the same time. His facial expressions, on top of everything else, do it for me. I think I laugh at this performance partly because it is ludicrous and partly out of sheer amazement at the quality of the work. As a composer myself, I appreciate how hard this is to do!

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