Portland: One of America's Funniest Cities

As they traveled the world for their new book, The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, Professor of Marketing and Psychology Peter McGraw and journalist Joel Warner noticed that humor often has a local flavor. This observation eventually led to the Humor Code’s most controversial question: What are the funniest cities in the United States?

Peter McGraw joined us today to share how they collect the data and the parameters they used to measure a city's sense of humor.

Peter will join a panel discussion tonight at 7:30 at Powell's Books located at 1005 W Burnside in Portland. It is free to attend!

  
Here are the top 10 rankings. 
THE TOP 10 FUNNIEST CITIES IN AMERICA, AS REVEALED BY THE HUMOR ALGORITHM (HA)
RANK    CITY
1              CHICAGO, IL
2              BOSTON, MA
3              ATLANTA, GA
4              WASHINGTON, DC
5              PORTLAND, OR
6              NEW YORK, NY
7              LOS ANGELES, CA
8              DENVER, CO
9              SAN FRANCISCO, CA
10           SEATTLE, WA
 
 

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