Madelijn Strick on the origin of humour
"The academic consensus is that humor originated from playing," explains Strick. "As monkeys, we were constantly wrestling and running after one another. All that tumbling caused a ton of panting, and that's what created laughter." Gradually, humour and laughing became ways for groups to establish a sense of solidarity.
Male and female
Strick explains the ways men and women use humour differently: "Male humour is sarcastic, it contains a lot of teasing and scoring points against each other. Women use humour to create connections with others. They tend to lean more towards self-mockery." When men and women come together, it is usually the men making the jokes while women laugh at them. According to Strick, this is a taught cultural pattern.