Episode 7: Humour, comedy and benign violation

How does the world of humour effect what we do in our jobs? We speak to an expert about the science of humour and comedy, the right time to use humour in design and how to judge it better. We also try to find out if analysing a thing too much can kill it.

Full-time scholar and part-time adventurer, Peter McGraw is a Professor of Marketing and Psychology at University of Colorado, Boulder. He spent the last couple of years researching the nature of humour and trying to find out what makes something funny.

Peter’s project, The Humor Code, has a website and a blog where you can get more in-depth discussion.

The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny will be released in 2014 by Simon and Schuster.