Laugh tracks boost humor ratings of corny ‘dad jokes’

Science | AAAS | 7/22/2019 | Staff
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“Dad jokes” are well known for inducing groans at least as often as laughter. (Case in point: What do you call a bear with no socks on? Barefoot.) However, a new study has found that these inoffensive one liners seem to become funnier with the addition of one simple ingredient: a laugh track.

To find out whether the presence of laughter could change how funny a joke appears to be, researchers asked a group of 20 college students to listen to recordings of a male comedian tell intentionally cheesy jokes. Participants rated the jokes on a scale of one to seven, ranging from not funny at all to extremely funny. Then, researchers had 48 neurotypical and 24 autistic subjects rank the same jokes, this time paired with a prerecorded laugh track.

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Half of the jokes were paired with “posed” laughs, recorded by a mix of male or female voices attempting to recreate the sound of natural laughter, whereas the other half featured spontaneous laughter by the same...
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