Why are jokes funny?

Lydia Chilton

University of Washington

This project was funded on:
17 March 2013
The first step of my research is to come up with theories for why jokes are funny.

Next we will test those theories on thousands of jokes.

Once we test theories for why jokes are funny, we can use those theories to improve old jokes and make new ones.


Budget Overview

To fund this project, I will need money for mechanical turk experiments, web hosting, and the purchase of domain names.

Meet the Researcher


I'm getting my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Washington. My work focuses on crowdsourcing. In the next 10 years, crowdsourcing is going to change education, labor markets, information architecture, and the way we waste our time online.

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