Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Formula for Laughter

I'm sure it's getting harder these days to make people laugh. I don't know if that's because people have heard all the jokes before or maybe life in the 21st century is harder and more miserable than life in days gone by. It's amazing you know, people think that wealth and health and prosperity will make them happy. And yet our generation, which has been blessed with these things in ways which previous generations never knew, seems more depraved and miserable than any other.

Obviously no kind of laughter/happiness forumlae are going to address problems like that. And I'm quite sure US scientist Igor Krishtafovich isn't expecting his formula to do so - although from what I've read he does seem to take it quite seriously!

Here it is:

HE = PI x C/T + BM

PI – personal involvement

C - complexity of a joke. The higher degree of complexity the better provided that your audience can solve the problem within 1 or 2 seconds.

T – time spent by a person solving a joke. The longer the time, the weaker the effect.

BM – background mood. A joker can have an advantage if an audience enjoys the show. However, a real good joke can “blow up” the most dismal audience.

HE – humor effectiveness.

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