Cambridge Festival of Ideas - What makes a good joke good?

27 October 2018, 14:00 - 15:45
Cambridge campus

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In this (hopefully) amusing workshop, Michelle Sheehan and Vahid Parvaresh, from the linguistics section at Anglia Ruskin University explore the science of what makes jokes funny. Starting with English, they dissect some award-winning jokes to see what makes them so good. They also review some groan-inducing ‘Dad jokes’ to see why exactly they provoke this kind of reaction in us. By the end of the session, you will leave the room with your sides split and a deep linguistic understanding of the science of English humour. Michelle and Vahid also review some jokes from different languages and cultures in an attempt to explain the famous adage that jokes just don’t translate.

Sessions run 2-2.45pm and 3-3.45pm

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

27 October 2018, 14:00 - 15:45
Cambridge campus
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