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Why Do Guys Laugh At That? – ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why do guys laugh at that?” you ask? (Well, OK, we got a long list of questions regarding why guys laugh at stuff. In this edition of the series, we will cover but the first of them.)


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The Three Stooges/Image: AtStew

The first related question was: “Why do guys laugh at stuff like ‘The Three Stooges’?” It’s “a guy thing.” Must we say anything else?

If so, let’s bring in a third party. Specifically, Aaron Traister, an online columnist for Redbook who has actually dealt with this subject extensively. (After all, he’s a guy writing for a women’s magazine, mmmkay?)

Traister confirms it’s “a guy thing.” He elaborates on the subject of why guys laugh at physical comedy.

He states: “From the Three Stooges to Jackass, watching people unintentionally (or very intentionally) injure themselves or their friends and relations is high comedy. If b@lls are involved, it’s even more amusing.” (See?)

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The Three Stooges/Image: Boston

He adds: “A woman I know can’t understand why her husband’s guy friends crack up every time her 4-year-old son punches his father in the crotch and yells: ‘I got him!’ That simple act is the reason America’s Funniest Home Videos has been on TV since 1862.”

You can’t get too personally involved when it comes to physical comedy. It’s funny because it isn’t you, ladies. Traister agrees: “I would be very angry if my son kept punching me in the nuts. But as long as it’s not my son or my nuts, I’m perfectly willing to have good laugh at the other guy’s expense, because I’ve been there, and I’m just delighted that it’s not me writhing around on the ground pleading with a higher power to make the aching stop.”

Why do guys laugh at physical humor? Perhaps the late, great George Carlin put it best when he said: “If it’s funny, it’s funny.”

Why do guys laugh at that? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.