Humour affects many things: our health, our disposition, our relationships and our organisations. Can it also help change politics in society? Amber Day, John Morreall and Peter McGraw discuss the origins, philosophy and politics of humor with Maria Armoudian.

Amber Day is a Professor of Performance Studies in the English and Culture Studies Department at Bryant University. Her publications include Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate and Prankly Speaking: Performative Satire and Political Dialogue.

John Morreall is a Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair of Religious Studies at William and Mary College. His publications include Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor and Comedy, Tragedy, and Religion.

Peter McGraw is a Professor of Marketing and Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His publications include The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.



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