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Table of Contents

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Chapter One - Laughter

What's so funny?

Resistance is futile

Potential humour

Schrödinger's Punchline

A joke by any other name

standup would be so much easier if I could just tickle you

Sincerity

Monkeys who can't find the remote

Chapter Two - Funny

Goldilocks and the three jokes

The laugh centre

Making up your mind

Maybe horses are funny

Patterns of behaviour

One word, Plastics

Survival of the Connected

Memory

Dam that's funny

The punchline

Chapter Three - Humour

But... why?

Don't Stand So Close To Me

False Positives

Gotta get me some of that

He who laughs last

The more or less you know

I don't get it

Chapter Four - Comedy

Two types of people walk into a place and say a thing

Back up a sec

You can't make me laugh

Fuck

Comedic Uranium

Would comedy exist in utopia?

Giggling at funerals

Roots

Chapter Five - Timing

Are we there yet?

Microtiming

Mesotiming

The myth of the long set up

Before it gets old

Macrotiming

Say no more

Timeless jokes

Another Term For “Not Funny Anymore”

Chapter Six - The Comedian

No comedian is an island

What if Richard Pryor was from the suburbs?

Women

The outsider

A computer that can be programmed to tell jokes

Holy Ground

Irony

Zaniness

Chapter Seven - The Audience

The Stepford Audience

Improv

Please, have another drink

Hecklers

Five minutes of grace

Chapter Eight - Funnier

Making you laugh... with science!

Connoisseurs of comedy

How to be funny with your friends

How to learn

Finding your audience

Knowing What Works

It's all in the delivery...?

Comedians Need you More Than you know

Stimulus and response

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Bibliography

Index