The University of Salford Sound of Laughter project

Wilkie, I ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2579-3073, Harrison, LA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6063-1929, Brennan, D, Briggs, HC and Battle, LWJ 2019, 'The University of Salford Sound of Laughter project' , Comedy Studies, 9 (2) , pp. 245-257.

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Abstract

What follows is a report of the University of Salford’s Sound of Laughter Project (2018). This pilot study was set up as an initial attempt to ascertain whether it is possible to discern any meaning from the different laughter sounds that audiences might make during a stand-up comedy show. The experiment also aimed to discover whether comedians can recognise variations in the properties of laughter responses made during the act of public joking. Further, the study aimed to establish whether performers can discern these different audience laughter sounds in real time and use them as identifiable ‘cues’ to check the efficacy (or otherwise) of their comic communication. This combined report on the pilot study has been prepared by a group of researchers at the University of Salford, all of which were involved in different stages of the experiment and whose initials are appended to each relevant section of the report.

Keywords: Audience laughter; stand-up comedy; joking; psychoacoustics, audience response

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Comedy Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2040-610X
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Depositing User: Dr I Wilkie
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 02:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48621

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