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Vol. 111, No. 6

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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


Peter Wicks, a postdoc in the James Madison Program who has been doing stand-up comedy for 13 years:

Most sitcoms are content to point a camera at funny people saying funny things. What made the British show “Spaced” so fresh was the way that the camerawork and direction reflect how the characters interpret their lives in cinematic terms. Every episode was made with tremendous attention to detail, and many of the jokes are subtle enough to make you feel as if you are sharing a private joke with the show’s creators.

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