Laughter has been effectively hacked and people can now essentially laugh anytime they want, most just don’t know it. The strange proof is that laughing contests such as this Saturday’s 2014 American Laughing Championships in Atlanta could not exist otherwise.
At the event, a live audience will watch as a dozen challengers compete in a series of laughs including The Diabolical Laugh, The Alabama Kneeslapper and a new category, Sexiest Laugh in America. What is strange perhaps is that competitors will laugh without jokes, humour or looking at anything funny. How is that possible?
“It’s actually pretty amazing when you think about it,” said current American Laughing Champion, Chicago Native, Julie Ostrow. “That for 90 minutes everyone will be laughing, audience and competitor alike without a single joke being told.”
All competitive laughers use a technique where they trigger authentic laughter by laughing. Otherwise the 90 minute show of people pretending to laugh would likely be unbearable. The contest then becomes funny because everyone is laughing.… Read the rest