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

Amber Day is a Professor of Performance Studies in the English and Culture Studies Department at Bryant University. She is an expert in political speech and satire and her publications include Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate.

John Morreall is a Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair of Religious Studies at William and Mary College. He is an expert in humor studies and his publications include Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor.

Peter McGraw is a Professor of Marketing and Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is an expert in emotions and behavioural economics and his publications include The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.

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