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What Makes Us Laugh?

Kare Anderson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Kare Anderson

Want people to laugh with you? Dark humor, done right, may be key according to The Humor Code co-authors, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner who travelle...

Denver Comic Con 2013 with Charlie La Greca and Illya Kowalchuk

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 07.29.2013 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

This week, we have some super-powered special guests: Charlie La Greca and Illya Kowalchuk, the organizers behind Denver Comic Con 2013 (May 31-June 2), who somehow managed to find time to stop by in the midst of putting together an event that's caused the whole city to go Comic Con crazy.

A Professor Walks Into a MOOC...

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 07.17.2013 | Science
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

According to the Benign Violation Theory, humor has its roots in potentially negative experiences (i.e., violations) that are made to seem okay in some way (i.e., benign). That makes joke telling risky because you can fail by being too benign or by creating too much of a violation.

Who Has a Bigger Funny Bone: Democrats or Republicans?

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 12.31.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

However you slice and dice the presidential candidates' performances at the three debates, there's little question that Barack Obama won on the comedy front.

The Danish Cartoon Crisis of 2005 and 2006: 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Original Muhammad Controversy

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 11.25.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

We traveled to Denmark to investigate the only cartoons ever to be called a human rights violation by the United Nations. We discovered a tale far more complex and surreal than we'd ever imagined.

Why It is Important to Crack the Humor Code

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 11.07.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

When done well, humor can have a significant positive effect on your life. Isn't it time we use a little more academic rigor to figure out how it works?

The Humor Code: Comedians Versus Science at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner | Posted 06.26.2012 | Comedy
Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

We managed to carry on a wide-ranging conversation on everything from comedians' drinking problems to the gender inequality to whether or not science has anything to offer stand-up comics.

Could Clendenin case deal a blow to Colorado's pot biz?

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As noted in this week's cover story, "Pot of Gold," while Colorado's Amendment 20, which legalized marijuana in 2000, does not cover the sub...

Meet the other Candy Girls

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In this week's Westword, Joel Warner reports on the ganjapreneurs, economic adventurers exploring this state's booming business in medical...

Union Station redevelopment consumes some of LoDo's best free parking

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

View Larger Map Big news on the transportation front: The long-awaited redevelopment of Union Station into a new transportation hub got unde...

Cash Crop: More on Colorado's booming medical-marijuana business

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In this week's Westword, Joel Warner reports on the "ganjapreneurs" cashing in on Colorado's booming medical-marijuana business. In it, he...

Mile Highs and Lows: Peace in Medicine Center

Westword | Westword | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resem...