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What Makes Something Funny?

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Episode 4 of 5 Check us out on iTunes! http://testtube.com/podcast Please Subscribe! http://testu.be/1FjtHn5 For most things we find funny, we have to think it’s both right and wrong at the same time. The Benign Violation Theory explores this idea. + + + + + + + + Previous Episode: Why Robots Can’t Be Funny… Yet.: https://youtu.be/0qz97e4G9Ng?list=PLwwOk5fvpuuIOe_8yp89lGoLTvimrMDGy Nuclear Family: People Try Heroin For The First Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-52z_Z0EPA8 + + + + + + + + Sources: Humor: http://www.iep.utm.edu/humor/ “The philosophical study of humor has been focused on the development of a satisfactory definition of humor, which until recently has been treated as roughly co-extensive with laughter. The main task is to develop an adequate theory of just what humor is." Benign Violation Theory: http://leeds-faculty.colorado.edu/mcgrawp/Benign_Violation_Theory.html “The Humor Research Lab uses the Benign Violation Theory as its theoretical foundation. In collaboration with Caleb Warren, McGraw has been developing and testing a general theory of humor called the benign violation theory." Scientists Discovered What Makes Something Funny: http://www.businessinsider.com/bob-mankoff-science-of-funny-humor-new-yorker-cartoon-2014-12 “It's really hard to be funny. It's even harder to be funny and get paid for it. But the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Bob Mankoff, has made a living making people laugh for decades." + + + + + + + + TestTube Plus is built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics like AI, string theory and Mars exploration. TestTube Plus is also offered as an audio podcast on iTunes. + + + + + + + + Trace Dominguez on Twitter https://twitter.com/TraceDominguez TestTube on Facebook https://facebook.com/testtubenetwork TestTube on Google+ http://gplus.to/TestTube + + + + + + + +
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Text Comments (137)
K Broers (2 months ago)
Sad analysis. Humor: the quick left, or bathos
rishabh c (4 months ago)
Trace 😑 let him talk
Nas from-da-Ldn (5 months ago)
Hitler memes are funny.
Stop building Homes (7 months ago)
So, dank memes are racist,?
Nick Yelovich (9 months ago)
Stop building Homes (7 months ago)
Nick Yelovich Right! He only mentioned why we laugh at " made up " jokes... Jokes tht arnt funny. isnt funny suppose to be away from absurb???
AA Productions (9 months ago)
Comedy Training? I thought you're either funny or not.
yeferson herrera (1 year ago)
Then the dogs have diarrhoea
epicdman813 (1 year ago)
I still don't understand what makes swearing so funny. Like when telling a joke usually the swear word itself being the punchline makes it absolutely hilarious. Take the twitter account about flamingos and they're all charismatic about learning facts about flamingos, and them the only tweet is "flamingos are fucking stupid." It's priceless 😂 Another one I don't get is why dark humor is so funny
MistaOneGuy (1 year ago)
I'm the funniest person here...
MistaOneGuy (1 year ago)
lol that was hilarious
Bismuth the Anarchist (2 years ago)
wanna understand incongruity humor, just listen to welcome to nightvale. plenty of humor throughout.
wadafup (2 years ago)
That heroin skit wasn't funny because it's boring.. It wasn't crazy enough and it's too obvious. Something like killing yourself would have been funnier but then again you don't have the background to be making those kind of jokes.
Dreven (2 years ago)
Wanna know what makes something funny? Put this video in 2.0 speed and wait for the guy with the white shirt talk
Black Panther (2 years ago)
Sexual jokes
TutsTeach (2 years ago)
George Carlin narrowed it down really well, with the help of Richard Bandler who modelled how he constructed his jokes. Every joke needs an exaggeration, something to be way out of proportion.
PGTMR2 (2 years ago)
Too soon!?!
Rody HD (2 years ago)
Who else spent this entire video thinking of FAMILY GUY?
Nash (2 years ago)
there's no way that this guy's actually funny
moises nuno (2 years ago)
its more funny at x2 speed.
Bob Webster (2 years ago)
10:10 he says science and math when in reality it's engineering (plus math is a science)
Sam PADILLA (2 years ago)
what do you get when you put a bear and twink together in a room? shit dicks that with no sense of humor.
Seth Lockman (2 years ago)
The incongruity theory basically says laughter is arcing caused by short-circuiting schemas. You can also see this in the violation theory, which is also "short-circuiting" the schemas.
Adam Kelley (2 years ago)
"A buff oily Bernie Sanders" alright!
MrNicvdb (2 years ago)
It was great to see matt on this, the heroin sketch was great.
Megalus Doomslayer (2 years ago)
The heroine video was great satire that crossed the line. In order to mock Buzzfeed, they needed to cross the line because that was the next logical step over the edge that Buzzfeed has found itself at. The problem with the video isn't the subject matter. It's the flawless acting of the participants that is the problem. They come off as dead serious. There's no indication that they're faking it.
Where tf am I? (2 years ago)
Memes have never been better before watching this video
Sarah Giavedoni (2 years ago)
Watching this after last night's Bernie Sanders joke on the Daily Show really hits home.
Lenra Nirac (2 years ago)
The difference between Dnews and Testtube plus is Trace takes too much time to explain something than DNews can explain in less than 4mins, but same thought. Try to show some photo clips, videos, or animation to have your viewers attention until video ends.
Rohan Pandey (2 years ago)
+Misogynist' WORST NIGHTMARE lol I have the same problem. Are you subscribed to like 70 science channels and watch all the new videos everyday? (I do that)
John Smith (2 years ago)
I actually prefer this because I can play it in the background while doing homework without being interrupted by changing the video every 4 minutes.
Stephen Fabiano (2 years ago)
this is a pod cast style video as stated in the very beginning of almost every episode. And this is to inform you more on the subject since they break it down. I love how trace does real research and names his references
Rohan Pandey (2 years ago)
+Lenra Nirac I'd really like that too, but I think they don't add pictures because this channel is kind of targeted to people who are just listening rather than watching. Because they take so long to explain these topics, I just play this channel in the background while doing other things. It would be nice if they added pictures to capture the audience's attention.
D' Otter (2 years ago)
This just occurred to me. There are two guys sitting by a fire, roasting a rabbit over it. Suddenly, there's a rustle in the bushes around them. "It's a lion!" says one. "It's a tiger!" says the other. And out of the bushes jumps a little bunny. The two guys start to laugh. Then one says, "Wait a minute! Is this story a comedy or a horror?" "What's the difference?" says the other. "Well if this is a comedy, there's a rustle in the bushes, we're scared, then a little rabbit jumps out and we laugh." "And if it's horror?" "Then as soon as we start laughing, a lion jumps out of the bushes on the other side and eats us both!" "I still don't get the difference," says the second guy. "Perspective!" the bunny yells. "You're roasting my daddy!"
Eduardo Queiroz (3 days ago)
BrendonGS (3 months ago)
D' Otter this was good
Danny Duck (1 year ago)
Ruki9410 (2 years ago)
Oh hi Matt!
Chazz brown (2 years ago)
fish can drive submersibles if they felt like it.
JMan (2 years ago)
Have YOU ever seen Bernie under that suit? For all we know, he's freakin jacked.
Dylan Collette (2 years ago)
Outzider (2 years ago)
9/11 memes are funny
Norman Davis (2 years ago)
Nice work, keep it up!
JohntheSpyCrab (2 years ago)
all comedy derives from pain
_Vampyrオタク (2 years ago)
let's get to cloning soon.
Mayhem Stephens (1 year ago)
spaghettification _
Mikhail Daughtrey (2 years ago)
Matt and Trace would make an adorable couple. Just my opinion. Holler at yo boy! ;-)
Hugo Weaving (2 years ago)
Hay Trace, why dont you grow a big beard? That would be badass-cool :D
Captain Redbeard (2 years ago)
Liebs! I'm seeing you all over the place today! This is so exciting. :D
Captain Redbeard (2 years ago)
(pre-viewing) This is a pretty long video considering the fact that you ended last episode with "what makes something funny? We don't really know."
Mayhem Stephens (1 year ago)
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Mayhem Stephens (1 year ago)
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Mayhem Stephens (1 year ago)
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Sean Walsh (2 years ago)
I find human pain funny
chang jeffrey (5 months ago)
Sean Walsh I find flashing my penis at random people funny.
noobforlife91 (2 years ago)
who is the comedian mention him in the disscribtion and share his videos or something for the motion designer/ editor: make a lower third.
Cosmic Turtle (2 years ago)
Jiddy12345 (2 years ago)
Hunter gatherer constantly in jeopardy of being attacked by a predator, sitting down, hearing something rustling in the bushes, a rabbit emerges instead of a saber toothed tiger.
Soufiane Artwood (2 years ago)
i cant see the link of the heroin videi
DylgotoNe6to (2 years ago)
the guy explaining the jokes didn't get the joke.... mhm, now this is a joke
Lilian (2 years ago)
When he compared it to "math", I stopped right there to take him serious.
Cefus (2 years ago)
Fun show, nice to see you here Matt.
Shawn Ravenfire (2 years ago)
I think the point of the fish joke is that it's a play on words.  You picture a "tank" as being a fish tank, but when one asks about driving it, you realize that it's a military "tank."  Paraprosdokian.
Anush Gopalakrishnan (2 years ago)
+Samantha Pateman that is the real joke
Matt Johnson (2 years ago)
+Samanatha Pateman  .....was your comment an example of the "incongruity theory"?
Samantha Pateman (2 years ago)
+Shawn Ravenfire The joke does work if you say fish tank but he said bowl so it got lost on me.
Rohan Pandey (2 years ago)
+Shawn Ravenfire Thats what I thought the joke was about. Matt Lieberman probably didn't realize that was the joke though. lololol
I Love Being A Dad (2 years ago)
+Matt Johnson LOL. didn't think of it that way. great observation.
psypher101 (2 years ago)
Jessica Lewis (2 years ago)
There's no link to the video
Steven Masso (2 years ago)
When I first saw the "People Try Heroine" video, I was in both groups that Matt describes. I knew they were making fun of BuzzFeed's increasingly dumb videos, and I saw the humor in it, but I didn't think it was that funny. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I watched it, and it's better than 72.5% of BuzzFeed's videos (yes, I did the math). At the same time though, I thought the heroine video went overboard. I wasn't offended in the slightest, but I knew they were gonna get a lot of hate for it. I think that channel should have started with something different; not milder, just different, and later put up the heroine video. I love that you guys are doing a week on humor/comedy. As an aspiring comic, I think these videos, and their sources could really help me out. I'm trying to go to as many open-mics as I can, and I also plan on creating a Kick Starter campaign for a new crowd sourcing website. It'll be called Start Kicker (I think it'll be really successful).
ricecristi (2 years ago)
Out of everyone on sourcefed, matt isn't my first choice in funny. Hello Trace!
Josh Horsman (2 years ago)
I don't think he got the 2 fish in a tank joke... comedian my ass!
rmeddy1 (2 years ago)
+Josh Horsman Yeah I was about to say this, the core of the joke was the context of tank. In his defense though, his system 2 about the joke didn't kick in because he was busy talking. His answer was my intuitive answer and then I jumped to the "tank" context part which he didn't have the luxury to do.
Jeff _21 (2 years ago)
S.F- S.N. (2 years ago)
Sheldon Cooper needs to see this.
Choco The Chocobo (2 years ago)
Brendan Haran (2 years ago)
I'm yet to watch this but fuuuucking hell Matt Lieberman is the comedian. Btw I'm a huge sourcefed fan
Danstyles (2 years ago)
teacha son (2 years ago)
first to dislike
Randomstuffs261 (2 years ago)
As long as it's not about : women, stereotypes,race and rape It's funny and not problematic. That's how comedy works FACT
Jessica Crocker (11 months ago)
why does this comment only have 8 likes? this needs to be understood
kevin (2 years ago)
+John Smith Uh, Okay.
kevin (2 years ago)
+John Smith lmao!! Someone give this man a trophy!
John Smith (2 years ago)
+kevin p we have people going hungry? Make more sandwiches.
kevin (2 years ago)
+John Smith Lmao that could fix all of our problems. Wtf were we thinking about giving MORE freedom to females! We obviously aren't the same, we think differently, but for the better. 
Jeremy Dylan (2 years ago)
still funny as hell on 0.5x speed
anvesh mydg (2 years ago)
+Jeremy Mika they sound stoned as fuck! Like Stoned friends talking about meaning of life
Jiddy12345 (2 years ago)
+Jeremy Mika drunk as fuck

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