U.S. scientist Igor Krishtafovich discovered a formula of laughter. He found humor is a weapon.
Igor Krishtafovich is confident that humor always implies aggression. “It is a bloodless verbal fight aiming to raise your status and strengthen your position. Even a friendly banter is a sort of intellectual clash, a kind of training before serious battles. In fact, we try to figure out who’s the boss in the family when we poke fun at our loved ones,” says Mr. Krishtafovich.
“Why the man who just cracked a nice joke is normally laughing louder than the others?”
“Well, he feels on top of the world, his moment of triumph has just arrivided.”
“If laughter is akin to aggression, why women have a liking for jesters?”
“A sense of humor is a strong male quality. It is a sign of good intellect. Evolution stakes precisely on the intellect since a smart fellow has more chances of survival. That is why a sense of humor can be a much bigger sign of masculinity than the pumped-up muscles. Needless to say, I’m talking about the subconscious level of perception.”
Now lets look at the formula for laughter. Using the formula, you can even find out whether your joke was good or not.
The formula is as follows:
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.
To make the best joke, it has to be of above-average complexity considering the intellectual level of the group. As T is obviously dependent on the intellectual capability of the person, the best nerdy jokes can easily fall flat with a different (read intellectually weaker) audience. It also explains why Seinfeld was so popular.