Seriously, this is funny?
May 9, 2012 11:24 AM Subscribe
Are people significantly more likely to laugh at people who have a reputation as being funny?
posted by WhitenoisE to Society & Culture (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Are there any studies on this? It's something I've been thinking about recently. I've noticed it hanging around friends who have a reputation as comedians. It seems that they get obligatory laughs just spitting out anything that comes to mind. Obviously could be different tastes in humor, etc.
But I've noticed this mostly with celebrities and professional comedians. For example, Louie C.K.'s drunk tweets from a plane.
I love Louie, he's one of my favorite comedians. But this just struck me as pathetic drunk babble, like a 14 year old getting into his parent's liquor cabinet for the first time. And people eat it up! Not to mention all of the fake celebrity twitter accounts that people create, recycle old jokes, and get a million hits on sites like reddit.
Do I just have a chip on my shoulder or is this actually a real phenomenon? This is basically the point of laugh tracks isn't it?