Anthony Atamanuik’s Trump Takes a Psychological Fitness Test on ‘The President Show’
The President Show has already taken us on a tour inside Donald Trump’s terrifying mind, but during last night’s episode they took it a step further when Peter Grosz’s Mike Pence tricks Anthony Atamanuik’s Trump into visiting psychologist Dr. John Gartner, who is also the fou... [Read More]
Optimism v pessimism in 2017: the comedian and the psychologist debate
Liam Williams quit standup fearing his pessimism about the state of the planet was making audiences worryingly apathetic. But is a sunny outlook really any healthier? We sat him down for a session with psychotherapist Philippa PerryMore uplifting culture for 2017One day last year, Liam Williams lock... [Read More]
Humor Sickness: What Makes Comedians Tick?
by Meredith Haggerty Announcing your innermost insecurities and self-aggrandizing fantasies in public would generally be considered a strong indicator of mental illness — but when you add a mic and a drink minimum, we call it comedy.  Conventional wisdom (admittedly the least cool kind of... [Read More]
'Psychology Today': Women Have Lower "Humor Production Abilities" Than Men
by Megh Wright Psychology Today posted a lengthy article last week on the challenges of female comedians called "'You Suck!' and 'Show Me Your Jugs!'", and it's loaded with ridiculous and inexplicable claims that would've made a great faux-fact addition to that whole "Why Women Aren't Funny" thing t... [Read More]
Researchers believe they’ve cracked the secret of comedy. Prepare to be disappointed.
Psychologists say humour comes from what they call ‘benign violation’ – a challenge to the normal way of things that is, however, not a threat. Pyschoanalyst Peter McGraw, who co-wrote the new study, said that most previous theories of humor all come up short. Freud thought humour came from a release of tension; another theory holds that comedy comes from a sense of superiority, and a third proposed from incongruity. But he points out that all of these could happen if you accidentally killed you... [Read More]
Is Your Comedian Your Therapist? | Psychology Today
We trust comedians with our minds, our moods, and to tell us the truth. Hmm, sounds a little like a good psychotherapist, doesn't it? [Read More]
The Tears of a Clown | Psychology Today Studies Comedians
Samuel Janus and his colleagues studied the intelligence, educational level, family background, and personality of 69 comedians, all of whom were said to be famous and successful. Data were collected using a variety of methods: clinical interviews, accounts of early memories, dreams, handwriting analyses, projective tests, and the Weschsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). Janus concluded that comedians tended to be superior in intelligence, but also felt misunderstood, angry, anxious, suspicio... [Read More]