Author John Gierach of Lyons, Colo., is as noted for his self-deprecating humor as he is for his fly-fishing knowledge. Wall Street Journal reviewer David Profumo says of Gierach: "Nobody likes a wiseguy as a streamside companion, and this sense of fallibility....marks him out as the voice of the common angler."
Elizabeth Escobedo tells the stories of her two aunts, who worked in factories -- and found their identities -- during World War II.
Joel Warner reports that this version, a top scorer, involves a hunter who is horribly inept at killing his friend, leading to gunshots, hand-to-hand combat and Good Samaritan passers-by offering to help by running the guy over with his truck.
Viewers gave top scores to this video, rating it as significantly funnier than the original -- and, strikingly, less offensive.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's version of the "original" hunter joke, hewing as closely to the joke as possible. This was used as the "control" version of the experiment to determine the factors involved in making this joke funnier.
Using a series of videos, "The Humor Code" authors tested the "world's funniest joke" to see if it's possible to make it funnier. Science explains -- sort of -- what worked. And what didn't.
Dr. Peter McGraw, the co-author of "The Humor Code," speaking at TEDx Boulder.
Slideshow: A standing-room-only crowd showed up at the Tattered Cover for last Friday's conversation with "The Humor Code" authors and Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.