Who's Funnier: Men or Women?

Living 2011/10/21 19:00:00
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Women get pretty offended when people say they aren't funny (Melissa McCarthy, anyone?). But a new study "proves" that guys are funnier than gals -- but just a little bit funnier.

Researchers at the University of California at San Diego asked 16 male and 16 female college students to write funny captions for a blank New Yorker cartoon (if you've ever tried this, you know it's difficult). Thirty-four male and 47 female students ranked the captions without knowing the gender of the writers -- and the men scored 0.11 points higher than women.

"The differences we find between men's and women's ability to be funny are so small that they can't account of the strength of the belief in the stereotype," study co-author Laura Mickes, a postdoctoral research in the university's psychology department, said in a written statement.

The study also showed (news flash!) that men enjoy the humor of other men more than women do. "Sad for the guys who think that by being funny they will impress the ladies, but really just impress other men who want to impress the ladies," study co-author Nicholas Christenfeld, a professor of psychology at the university, said in the statement.

So who gets the last laugh? Do you think men are funnier than women?
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  • Joker 2014/10/10 17:34:10
    women are really funny
  • Kitty 2012/10/25 22:28:34
    I say that women are funnier because I am a woman. I don't always listen to statistics, and I'm not gonna believe that men are funnier just because a new study "proves" it. (And the fact that that word was in quotes really says it all.) It is a matter of opinion. I think it really depends on the individual people. I know that there are a lot of funny men and a lot of funny women.
  • Rebecca 2011/12/16 23:41:39
    Ok i'm gonna be honest i chosen women because A. thats my gender and b. every guy is mostly funny from being imerture. us women are funny we are just funny in a diffrent way to the thing we call male
  • Grayfox1940 2011/12/15 04:30:35
    Women have to force theirselves to relax and enjoy humor but a guy can see humor in about everything, and men can laugh at theirselves but women never can
  • GaolBlaze 2011/11/21 17:44:30
    Face the facts, men are naturally more funny...
  • Flamingolady 2011/11/18 21:52:24
    When thinking this over, the comedians I think are really funny, generally are men. Don't know why, but this seems to be my thinking. And they are much funnier in slapstick. (Thinking Peter Sellers).
  • Mille peña 2011/11/10 21:14:57
    Mille peña
    Hands down men r funnier.
  • Xion Guest 2011/11/08 15:36:24
    Xion Guest
    men are good with stupid acts and sex jokes. women are more clever jokes and more variable ones. so women are funnier in real way but in day by day men win with their easy laught jokes.
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  • Flo 2011/11/06 03:14:51
    most comedians are men. when someone thinks comedian, the first thing that pops up in your mind is a guy so i guess its just kinda natural, i think, well, thats how i see it.
  • sayuri 2011/11/04 15:35:09
    funnier looking
  • none 2011/11/03 02:23:25
    men make me laugh a lot louder, perhaps because they are natrually clumsier, and another thing is they dont take life as seriously so they always see the lighter side of everything
  • Zozo 2011/11/02 09:06:52
  • Andrew 2011/11/01 21:44:38
    Men make me laugh.
  • nefertari 2011/11/01 15:18:11
    Men are a lot funnier and a lot more fun to be around.
  • ClOoLeSs_MoMo_94 2011/10/31 20:10:38
    All my guy friends are waaaaaay funnier than the girls..... but i kinda have the sense of humor too :)
  • stevie.luplow 2011/10/31 15:44:15
    I don't know if men are necessarily funnier, but they definitely have a better sense of humor when it comes to ... well ... just about everything.
  • RédhaForévèr 2011/10/30 21:59:57
  • BackRoadz 2011/10/30 14:14:39
    I could'nt name even one female comic. Men generally are'nt as inhibited about what they joke about like women are and that makes them funnier IMO......
  • ZlikaJay 2011/10/30 03:05:37
    Men tend to be more humorouse because of their dumb thoughts- but that's just my opinion.
  • Grayfox... ZlikaJay 2011/12/15 04:32:28
    Your "Dumb thought" ?? LOL
  • ZlikaJay Grayfox... 2012/03/09 21:19:43
    Yea, men are funny when their actn dumb. Thats what i think.
  • BashorahX2 2011/10/29 18:00:40
    women r funny but not like mens they r very funny lol
  • owen BashorahX2 2011/10/31 05:44:04
    Jerry Lewis says their not funny at all,I did like carol Burnett and Phylis Diller though
  • waynelaboy 2011/10/29 17:52:57 (edited)
    whoever tells the joke to make you laugh, so how about a 3rd option.
  • Michael 2011/10/28 20:02:02
    In general men are funnier.
  • carmen Michael 2011/10/29 08:29:34
    yes yes it is true they are funniest but not all of them
  • cardgirl2 2011/10/28 15:20:06
    Oh my....please don't get offended, but men are really funnier...I don't know why but that is a fact...My husband has such a fantastic humor, and he could have been a great stand up comic...he finds humor in everything...but it is not blue humor, it is just funny, and people love him, and mind you he is battling many medical issues, but with all that to deal with, his humor remains a constant and is awesome and that is why I love him...
  • Zizzy 2011/10/28 11:24:02
    Does this mean i get sex now? lolololol
  • FumbDuck 2011/10/27 17:27:10
    Even though there are a few female comedians there are more men. Usually women don't know how to tell a joke. I know two women who try to insert a chuckle here and there especially at the end of their sentences and they end up laughing at the most inappropiate times and things that ARE NOT funny. But don't try to tell one of them that joke that everyone else seemed to like. The other one will laff at it but the one who will not laff at it says she is open minded and yet if you don't agree with everything she says or go along with it somewhat guess who has a problem?
  • Ole SGT Joe 2011/10/27 12:37:47
    Ole SGT Joe
    Absolutely, BUT, men are funny because they usually include themselves with the presentation creating a stereotype that is audience expected whereas women, well, the men in the audience are first looking at how to bed the presenter -and then - what did she say?
  • Samiam 2011/10/27 04:41:20
    Based on the amount of female comedians VS male comedians....Males win....

    Also most males are usually more open to talking to strangers and making an ass of themselves.

    But I have met my fair share of women who would hang their ass out a car window to moon the crowd.

    This is a hard statistic to prove. It would need to become a Gallup poll question ??
  • NINA:P 2011/10/27 02:07:18
    hello? we're hilarious! lol jk :P
  • 098765 NINA:P 2011/10/27 14:49:32
    yes. very funny.
  • KATLYN 2011/10/26 18:52:12
    but i still love Lucy

  • chas 2011/10/26 17:31:49
    The last funny "lady" I seen was Gracie Allen (RIP). George Burns   Gracie Allen
  • aya 2011/10/26 16:35:39
    yes men are much funnier than women because they dont have responsibilities as woman .women have much responsibilities as wife ,mother ,and employee too but most men are irresponsible except for themselves .
  • 098765 aya 2011/10/27 14:49:11
    men are never husbands, fathers, or employees? that's a gross and absurd generalization. here's one that isn't: men use their minds where women use their hearts. that's why men come up with the interesting things of life, and women do little else besides support. it's up to you to decide which you think is more valuable, but women bore me.
  • aya 098765 2011/11/09 21:09:12
    o.....i foreget men also get pregnant ad birth too!!!!!!
    you must be polite when reply on someone comments ok.
  • 098765 aya 2011/11/10 14:38:08
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