A Comedy Club Is Using Facial Recognition to Charge by the Laugh

Never more shall you pay full price for a sub-par comedian. A comedy club in Spain is using tablets with facial recognition software to figure out how much to charge its customers. The future is now. » 10/13/14 11:30pm 10/13/14 11:30pm

Why Do We Laugh?

In this short documentary for The Atlantic, longtime laughter researcher Robert Provine tells filmmaker Sam-Price Waldman about some of his most notable observations and conclusions. » 6/05/14 7:22pm 6/05/14 7:22pm

Bullies use the Superiority Theory to turn laughter into a weapon

You've probably seen the trailers for Carrie, in which Julianne Moore tells Carrie, "They're all going to laugh at you." But is she right? And will they laugh for the reason that Moore claims? Philosophy says yes. Experimental science says maybe. » 10/15/13 11:06am 10/15/13 11:06am

Choose the best of these 100 maniacal movie laughs

This supercut of 100 maniacal movie laughs will either have you grinning like an idiot or hiding behind the sofa. Which of these maddened and manic movie characters has the craziest cackle, the choicest chortle, the most terrible titter? » 8/12/12 11:00am 8/12/12 11:00am

Why do humans laugh?

Neuroscientist Sophie Scott explores the neurobiology of laughter in this wonderful short film about perception, communication and cognitive development. We rarely think about it, but laughter — whether it's a quick smile or an uncontrollable giggle-fit — is tangled up with all of these things. » 6/29/12 3:24pm 6/29/12 3:24pm

Grinning gorillas could help explain the origins of human laughter

Whether you're laughing involuntarily at a joke, or smiling politely at a stranger's unfunny anecdote, your facial expressions play an important role in communicating with those around you. » 1/31/12 7:10am 1/31/12 7:10am

If you want to revolutionize science forever, don't give your paper a…

Nothing breaks the ice like a good joke, right? Sadly, that isn't the case with scientific papers, as those with the funniest titles get swept aside in favor of dry, technical titles. When did science become so hopelessly square? » 6/12/11 10:00am 6/12/11 10:00am

This comedy sketch once killed a man with laughter. Do you dare watch…

In 1975, Alex Mitchell of England was laughing maniacally while watching the "Kung-Fu Kapers" episode of the UK comedy program The Goodies. After 25 solid minutes of guffawing, Mitchell let out one last chortle and died of a massive coronary. » 6/13/10 12:43pm 6/13/10 12:43pm