and, man, does she ever make 'em laugh." Now, why is this? Please do not pretend not to know what I am talking about.
An average man has just one, outside chance: he had better be able to make the lady laugh.
Making them laugh has been one of the crucial preoccupations of my life.
With assists from Fran Lebowitz, Nora Ephron, and a recent Stanford-medical-school study, the author investigates the reasons for the humor gap. Be your gender what it may, you will certainly have heard the following from a female friend who is enumerating the charms of a new (male) squeeze: "He's really quite cute, and he's kind to my friends, and he knows all kinds of stuff, and he's so funny …
" (If you yourself are a guy, and you know the man in question, you will often have said to yourself, "Funny?
For both victims and perpetrators, crime can mean lives are never the same again.
What makes the female so much deadlier than the male?
If you can stimulate her to laughter—I am talking about that real, out-loud, head-back, mouth-open-to-expose-the-full-horseshoe-of-lovely-teeth, involuntary, full, and deep-throated mirth; the kind that is accompanied by a shocked surprise and a slight (no, make that a loud) peal of delight—well, then, you have at least caused her to loosen up and to change her expression. Women have no corresponding need to appeal to men in this way. Indeed, we now have all the joy of a scientific study, which illuminates the difference.
Why are men, taken on average and as a whole, funnier than women? The chief task in life that a man has to perform is that of impressing the opposite sex, and Mother Nature (as we laughingly call her) is not so kind to men.
In fact, she equips many fellows with very little armament for the struggle.
He wouldn't know a joke if it came served on a bed of lettuce with sauce béarnaise.") However, there is something that you absolutely never hear from a male friend who is hymning his latest (female) love interest: "She's a real honey, has a life of her own …
[interlude for attributes that are none of your business] … Why are women, who have the whole male world at their mercy, not funny?