The New Yorker:
Tad Friend writes this week about Anna Faris. His article is called “Funny Like a Guy,” and it discusses whether Faris’s style of humor can succeed in a movie industry that caters to adolescent males.
There is no doubt that there is a gender gap in humor—whether in Hollywood, standup, or cartooning.
In his book “Laughter,” the psychologist Robert Provine demonstrates that, in conversation, women are much more likely to laugh at what men say than the other way around. Provine analyzed “laugh episodes” in recorded conversation. He also looked at thousands of personal ads, and saw that both sexes were looking for partners with a sense of humor. But Provine found that men are seeking women who laugh at their jokes, while women want guys who made them laugh.
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