Peter McGraw

EPISODE 11 Jan 19, 2015
Comedy + Science
with Peter McGraw | Charity of the week: Cancer Research

Dr. Peter McGraw, a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral decision theory. As the director of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), he studies what makes things funny. See more at:

My dear friend Peter McGraw joins me. Pete is a scientist studying comedy and I’m a comedian studying science. Our paths crossed a few years ago and we’ve been friends ever since. Make sure and get Pete’s amazing book Humor Code. I even have a line in it!

1:20 Friends
5:45 Trolley experiment
13:15 Pedestrian in academia
22:10 Morality of laughter
23:45 Humor Code
28:50 Google for science
33:30 Theory of Funny
36:25 Laughter and/or Humor
40:20 Comedian’s laugh & Reddit
44:25 Controlling laughter
47:20 Laughter in animals
52:40 Benign Violation
56:10 Laughter appreciation
59:25 Science to enhance humor
1:02:55 Case study: Breaking a foot

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