“Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.” This joke is funny because it requires the listener to “connect the dots”. This is one of many joke patterns that we are asking the crowd to sift through in order to carefully analyse a large number of humor strategies. Come hear other joke patterns and our attempts to strategically use them to construct jokes.
Lydia Chilton is a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at University of Washington. She has been doing crowdsourcing research since 2008 at MIT, Microsoft, and UW, including a one-year position in Beijing.