When the press release for TEDxBoulder caught Joel Warner's eye back in 2010, he hadn't the faintest idea it would ultimately lead him into the belly of a cargo plane bound for the Amazon with Patch Adams, 100 "Burning Man-type" clowns and Dr. Peter McGraw. It did, and it's actually kind of a funny story.
McGraw, the head of University of Colorado's Humor Research Lab, was giving a TED talk, "What Makes Things Funny," and Warner, a staff writer at Westword in Denver, was looking for his next story. He ended up writing "The Yuk Stops Here" about McGraw and his research. When the story came out, he got a call a call from a literary agent in New York who pitched him an idea for a book: Warner and McGraw would travel the world together, studying the science of what makes people laugh.More »