The Joker character in Batman myth was based on a character in 'The Man Who Laughs', a 1928 movie about a man who is disfigured with a permanent grin. The movie is based on Victor Hugo's 1869 novel of the same name, meaning that the Joker's origins are 150 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When the film "Yesterday" (about a world where the Beatles only existed in one musician's memory) was released, Paul McCartney and his wife crept into a theater, with Paul disguising himself with a hat and sunglasses, and watched it from the back row, trying not to laugh when he was mentioned people.com/music/paul-mcc…
Gene Wilder got into comedy and acting because of his mother's heart condition. His mother's doctor told him to 'Try to make her laugh,' to make her feel better, leading to his conscious efforts to make other people laugh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The Joker is inspired by the main character in The Man Who Laughs (1928), who had a permanent grin and swept-back hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," the TV show, was named from the Human Be-In event that took place in 1967 San Francisco to raise counterculture awareness. Soon other kinds of events had "-In" attached at the end of their names, such as "Love-In's" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Neil Douglas boarded a flight & found his doppelgΓ€nger/lookalike, Robert Stirling, sitting in his seat. The whole plane laughed & they took a selfie. Douglas arrived at his hotel, only to find the same double at the check-in desk. Their paths crossed again at a bar & they shared a laugh & a pint bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Dogs can "laugh" when they're playful. Researchers played recordings of dogs laughing to stressed shelter dogs, resulting in the dogs showing significantly fewer signs of stress. Many of the dogs and puppies began to bounce around, and responded with laughs of their own. littledogtips.com/can-dog…
Louise Fletcher (Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) was so upset that the other actors could laugh and be happy while she had to be so cold and heartless that near the end of production she removed her dress and stood in only her panties to prove she was not a cold-hearted monster gointothestory.blcklst.co…
A woman sued the comedian Gallagher for $100K when she got hit by a stuffed penguin with a fire extinguisher in it; when the case went to trial in 1993, the court sided with Gallagher, who took the stand and made as many laughs as his typical show would articles.latimes.com/1993…
In 1977, Bill Murray was struggling to make it on Saturday Night Live so much that he delivered an on-air plea for the audience to laugh whenever he said something. In the early going on SNL, Murray, then in his mid-20s, was generally deemed a failure variety.com/2015/tv/spotl…
The Navajo have a tradition around celebrating a baby’s first laugh. Around three months, they watch the baby closely for that first real giggle. The person who has the good fortune of eliciting that first laugh is then responsible for throwing a party aestheticsofjoy.com/2016/…
Conrad Veidt, whose depiction of the lead in "The Man Who Laughs" inspired The Joker, married a Jewish woman in defiance of the growing power of the Nazi party. Although he was not Jewish, he wrote "Jewish" on his racial identification card. The couple wisely fled Germany for England. tcm.com/tcmdb/person/1978…
Many laugh tracks were made by the Laugh Box machine developed by sound engineer Charles Douglass in 1953. metv.com/lists/a-brief-hi…
There was a girl nicknamed Sober Sue, who was offered worked at a theatre that would offer $1,000 to anyone that could make her laugh. All summer people tried to make her laugh, even professional comedians came onto the show, none of which prevailed. Sober Sue had facial paralysis. wyrk.com/why-nobody-could…
Dogs can laugh. Scientists in the field of gelotology (study of laughing) have been investigating since 1960 and found dogs can articulate laughter through vocalizations and body language. geek.com/culture/it-turns…
A good portion of the pre-recorded laugh tracks you hear are from the 1940s and 50s, so when there’s a funny moment on a sitcom there’s a good chance you’re hearing lots of dead people laugh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
That’s rats can laugh. It’s inaudible to humans at 50kHz. time.com/4566126/rats-lau…
There is a belief that most of the people in laugh tracks are dead as most audio is from the 1950s. There was a period when the few tracks of laughter meant anyone in audio work could predict the laugh order, but as TV audio engineers updated their reels both have become less true/harder to do. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Laugh tracks were the invention of a sound engineer named Charles Douglass, whose Laff Box machine helped him corner the market during the golden age of TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Mister Rogers flatuated in public to make his wife laugh latimes.com/entertainment…
A rat laughs when you tickle them popsci.com/chicken-emotio…
The original "laugh track" used in sitcoms was a physical instrument like an organ, was held under lock and key, and was owned and operated by only one man who knew how it worked. Charley Douglass used his "laff box" to create the laugh track for almost every sitcom in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
Roughly 25 percent of women or 33 percent of men snort when they laugh. science.howstuffworks.com…
Walt Disney's First Business venture was a Studio called "Laugh-O-Gram Studio" based out of Kansas City, MO and it went Bankrupt in less than three years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
Psychopathic traits can be evident in children as young as 3 or 4. In one case, an 8 month old infant being breastfed would repeatedly bite his mother and laugh. nypost.com/2018/03/07/how…
One of Bean's earliest appearances occurred at the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1987. Atkinson's act at the festival was a test platform for his character and he wanted to see how his character's physical comedy would fare with a non-English speaking audience. youtube.com/watch?v=AlODc…
The night before the Miracle on Ice, American goalie Jim Craig and Soviet star forward Sergei Markov played the arcade game "Centipede" at the Olympic Village. The two could barely speak in each other's language, so they communicated with nods and laughs. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The person speaking in a conversation laughs 46% more than whoever is listening, and women laugh 126% more often than a man they are talking to. webmd.com/men/features/wh…
Rats laugh when they're tickled too, but they giggle at 50kHz, which is out of our audio range. bbc.com/future/article/20…
Dane Cook has Laugh Factory's endurance record of performing for 7 hours straight, beating previous record held by Dave Chappelle by 38 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
You must be 18+ to buy electronic dusters because in 2005 a small portion of teenagers inhaled it for laughs. today.com/parents/dusting…
Ken Jeong would add little inside jokes into the Hangover movie to make his wife, who was battling breast cancer, laugh when she watched it. youtu.be/8peBv6EE-sA
A Japanese Interpreter for Jimmy Carter Once Said β€œPresident Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh.” vimeo.com/channels/waging…
Other than humans, chimpanzees and rats are the only animals that can laugh. news.nationalgeographic.c…
In vaudeville, effective straight men were much less common than comedians. The straight man's name usually appeared first and he usually received 60% of the take. This helped take the sting out of not being the laugh-getter and helped ensure the straight man's loyalty to the team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
A university study found that using a laugh track after a β€œbad” joke makes it funnier, than just playing it with no laughter. A team of participants consistently rated jokes that had either spontaneous or canned laughter accompanying them, as funnier than jokes that had none. nature.com/articles/d4158…
M*A*S*H aired on BBC2 in the UK without a laugh track, as the creators of the show intended it to be seen, while CBS studio executives would not air the show in the US without one. Series creator Larry Gelbart later said: "I always thought it cheapened the show. The network got their way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M*A…
Walt Disney's Laugh-O-Gram Studio went bankrupt in 1923 so he moved to Los Angeles and founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, California with his brother, Roy history.com/this-day-in-h…
Tickling is a self defence mechanism against creeping insects like spiders and mosquitoes. Not only does light tickling not make us laugh, it draws attention to the spot where you feel it. alltop10.org/en/10-intere…
Garfield was never intended to be funny. It was a conscious (and very successful) effort to create a comic strip that would be marketable and make money, not laughs. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Dan Rowan, co-host of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in was a fighter pilot during WWII. He flew P-40 Warhawks with the 8th Fighter Squadron in New Guinea, and had two confirmed kills to his name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
All the songs in "Singin' in the Rain" besides "Moses Supposes" and "Make Em Laugh" are originally from other movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Charles Douglass invented the "laugh track", which is commonly used in the united states for sitcoms not filmed in front a studio audience. If a joke did not get the desired chuckle, Douglass inserted additional laughter; if the live audience chuckled too long, Douglass gradually muted it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Billy Crystal's character, Miracle Max, in the Princess Bride was so funny that it nearly stopped the production of the movie. One actor bruised a rib from clenching to try not to laugh. atlasobscura.com/articles…
When tickled, rats laugh ultrasonically. scientificamerican.com/vi…
A Japanese interpreter once translated a joke that Jimmy Carter delivered during a lecture as: β€œPresident Carter told a funny story. Everyone must laugh.” nytimes.com/2012/10/21/bo…
Today I learned of the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs, based on a Victor Hugo novel. The main character, Gwynplaine, is disfigured and holds a constant rictus grin. Conrad Veidt's adaptation of the character is what ultimately inspired the Joker's design en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Actor Conrad Veidt played a man with a disfigured, permanently-smiling face in the 1928 film "The Man Who Laughs." His portrayal became the inspiration for the character of The Joker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jok…
Kelsey Grammer expected to play Sideshow Bob only once on 'The Simpsons'. Although the actor does not like performing the character's evil laugh, Grammer says that Bob is the most popular character he has ever played, even more than Frasier Crane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
The idea of the Joker as a man with slicked-back hair and a long, disfigured face giving him a perpetual grin was inspired in part by Conrad Veidt's character, Gwynplaine, in the 1928 silent film "The Man Who Laughs." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jok…

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