December 14, 2006

Comedy Doctor!

Back in August, I wrote a snippy post about a study I'd read about regarding the funniest accent in the UK, which turned out to be the one spoken by the folks in Birmingham. IN the course of the article, it noted the researcher had used the caption of a Far Side cartoon as the joke, but it wasn't clear from the report that it had started out as a cartoon, which made it sound like the research team were just repeating something without context. And I really believe the caption was funnier with the accompanying artwork. And I thought it was rather incredible that there are actually people who go around studying stuff like this.

IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when the good doctor who conducted the study stopped by to say that the research did acknowledge the source of the joke, that people did indeed do research on funniness, and further that said doctor was not a man, as I had thought, but a woman! Oops.

SO, I have since corrected the entry to make all the hes into shes, stated my mea culpas for my mistaken assumptions, and made the unprecedented step of naming Dr. Harbidge as the Axis of Weevil Distinguished Chair of Comedic Studies. Hopefully this will allow us to offer the best, executive level of humor (or should I say humour) for your dollar.

You are welcome.

Now then, back to work.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at December 14, 2006 10:07 AM

They should use a flash if they're going to take the faculty photos in the castle. It's a little dark in there. Or maybe it's my crappy monitor.

AANYWAYS, I'm just glad she didn't demand $100 like that Canadian "writer" did a while back.

Posted by: skillzy at December 14, 2006 12:14 PM

Indeed so. Near as I can tell, she actually does have a sense of humor, which I have found to be quite a helpful trait to have in a comedy expert.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 14, 2006 12:25 PM