Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Using Math and Nerdery to Look a Bit Too Closely at Comedy Communities

Are you ready to overthink comedy? Erik Voss used mathematical equations and Venn diagrams to examine the types of people who do comedy and how their personality traits change the comedy scene. To wit:

The basic translation here is that in a comedy organization, “cool-smart-funny” people attract “smart-funny” people, “smart-funny” people attract “smart” people, and “smart” people attract other “smart” people.

Imagine, for example, any comedic institution you’ve ever seen. SNL. The Second City. The Simpsons writers room. Your college improv team. The Roman Catholic Church. All of them began the same way, with the same type of people.

Above, a crazy Venn diagram that should give you a taste for what you're in for. I'm not sure I agree with him, but hey, you've gotta appreciate someone willing to really dive that deep into the comedy analysis abyss.

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  • dntsqzthchrmn

    The Takeaway TM: women are silly. Except for Tina Fey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Douglas/69100171 Nick Douglas

    Woody Allen isn't just witty, he's silly too. At least if you look back 40 years.