Can you put a smile on someone’s face? Better still, can you make them laugh out loud? Laughter brings great pleasure and at its best it can be euphoric. It is so powerful a human response that we can do ourselves damage by attempting to contain and suppress it; we can giggle and laugh long before we can talk. Writer and comedian Charlie Brooker described the effect of a great joke: ‘It rapidly expands in their head like an instant inflatable dinghy, tickles their comprehension and surprise cells simultaneously, and bingo: out pops a laugh.’


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