Testosterone and humour are linked. Or so says Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in the UK who asserts that men are naturally more comedic than women because of the male hormone.
This obviously prods the thorny question of why there are still so few female comedians when compared to men? That’s almost the same argument as why there are less women working in IT. Is it because both are male dominated and women get less enthused about working in a male dominated environment in which men are still the decider’s as to how things are run. Or is it because women are socialised differently and are discouraged in pursuing such career paths as IT and even being a comedian as somehow uncool or too one-sided a culture to compete in and unreceptive to their talents?
I’ve met a number of humourless men and effortlessly funny women but I didn’t stop to test their respective testosterone levels. I will agree that how the humour is wielded may differ across the genders.
Nature, Nuture And Brains
I always felt that making people laugh has more to do with the way men socialise with humour as a lubricant to the shorthand of male bonding (where’d I get that one?) and not having so much of a social hangup about looking and acting daft (including being child like or using childish behaviour). I also feel that men get more approval from other men for using humour (and maybe even from women in a way that isn’t reciprocated) even if they are using it to put themselves down (maybe that’s a British thing- approval through self deprecation).
It’s all a big fight between nature and nurture arguments again and the male and female brain.