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Dr. Peter McGraw, founder of the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, teamed up with journalist Joel Warner on a far-reaching search for the secret behind humor. Their journey spanned the globe, from New York to Japan, from Palestine to the Amazon. Meanwhile, the duo conducted their own humor experiments along the way—to wince-worthy, hilarious, and illuminating results.

In their quixotic search, they questioned countless experts, from comedians like Louis C. K. to rat-tickling researchers, and answered pressing (and not-so-pressing) questions such as: What’s the secret to winning the New Yorker cartoon caption contest? Who has the bigger funny bone—men or women, Democrats or Republicans? Is laughter really the best medicine? As a final test, McGraw uses everything they learned to attempt stand-up—at the largest comedy festival in the world.

Funny, surprising, and often touching, The Humor Code is a revealing exploration of humor, society, and an unusual friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging, wise, and of course funny, The Humor Code is a wonderful quest to discover who and what makes us laugh. Pete McGraw and Joel Warner are the best of company, and you’ll be glad you took this trip with them.”

    Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author

  • “It’s not often you can say a book about comedy can teach us some serious lessons. This one does—and entertains us in the process.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Peter Berkrot uses his deep voice to good effect, with a strong conversational tone and appropriate timing when narrating jokes.”

    Library Journal, audio review

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About the Author

Peter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is a leading expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral economics. His work has been covered by NPR, Nightline, the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, the New York Times, and the BBC. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.