How Humor Works, Part II - Status Loss Theory as the Logical Basis of All Forms of Humor.

28 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2014 Last revised: 29 Aug 2014

Date Written: August 12, 2014

Abstract

This paper takes the Status Loss Theory (introduced and explained in the first "How Humor Works" paper), and applies it to 40 real-world examples, including memes, radio and TV shows, movie and comic book tropes, song parodies, humor sayings, stand-up comedy cliches, known psychological quirks of humor, and more, to demonstrate the theory's potential to function as the first clear, complete, logical, and simple basis for defining, studying, and understanding humor in all of its forms.

Keywords: humor, laughter, social psychology, evolution, wit, comedy

Suggested Citation

Garrett, Ernest, How Humor Works, Part II - Status Loss Theory as the Logical Basis of All Forms of Humor. (August 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2479236 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2479236

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