Posts tagged as studies

Study Confirms That Primetime TV Is Getting Tougher for Women

San Diego State's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film recently released the results of their 17th annual "Boxed In" study, which analyzes how many women are working behind and in front of the camera in the entertainment world. In the primetime television sphere, women saw more decline than progress during the 2013-2014 season, falling 3.5% from last year in the number of women working as creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography. Also down this season are the number of women working onscreen with a 2.3% slip (from 43% last season to 42% this season) as well as the number of [...]

'Colbert Report' Fans Know More About Campaign Financing Than Regular News Viewers

When The Colbert Report ends its run on Comedy Central this December, the late night news world will not only be losing one of its most hilarious characters, but it'll also be losing television's most effective educator of politics and campaign finance. According to Deadline, a new study has found that viewers of Colbert's super PAC coverage during the last presidential election season "were better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of actual news channels and other, actual-news shows."

Dubbed Stephen Colbert's Civics Lesson, the study was conducted through phone interview data from 1,232 adults ages 18+ between December [...]

Jimmy Fallon Is the Least Talky Late Night Host, According to Study

Jimmy Fallon has put much emphasis on sketch comedy and viral videos since taking over The Tonight Show earlier this year, so it comes as no surprise that he's been confirmed as the late night host currently on the air who spends the least time talking with guests. According to a study by communications professor Stephen Winzenburg, Fallon spends only 37% of the time chatting with guests on his show — down dramatically from his predecessors Jay Leno and Johnny Carson, who both scored 51%. Elsewhere in late night guest chattiness levels, Craig Ferguson came in at 43%, Jimmy Kimmel at 48%, Seth Meyers and David Letterman at [...]

Laughing Leads to a Pain-Free Superhuman Existence

Oh, phew, more reasons to re-watch every episode of Louie instead of doing something terrible involving a StairMaster. A new study shows that laughing with friends releases endorphins, which in turn increase our threshold for pain, presumably until we are an elite breed of superhumans impervious to discomfort, our guffaws ringing gaily throughout the land.

A slightly more surprising finding was that "when subjects watched something that does not naturally elicit laughter, pain thresholds do not change (and are often lower)." In other words, saying that something is so un-funny that it physically hurts might actually have some truth to it, instead of just being a douchily hyperbolic [...]

Stephen Colbert Apologizes to His Viewers for Being Too Informative

Earlier this week, a new study revealed that fans of The Colbert Report know more about campaign financing than regular news viewers. On Wednesday night's show, Colbert took the news to heart and apologized to viewers for teaching them instead of feeling the news from his gut and delivered a sincere vow: "Clearly I must work harder at informing you less."

Recent Advancements and Revelations in the Academic Study of Comedy

Researchers worldwide have been conducting many critical studies on the science of comedy this past year, giving hope to all that a cure for cancer will never, ever be found. Here are some of the more extraordinary findings that will forever impact what it means to laugh.

- A study called “The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour” in the British Journal of Sociology found that comedy solidifies the levels of social hierarchy. People with money feel that their highbrow jokes about rich people things make them better than lower-class people, whose humor about everyday things like beer and rocks and arm hair are ”ignorant” and “thick.” Said [...]