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Humorists are Artists Month – March 2023

Humorists Are Artists Month, celebrated in March each year, is an unofficial holiday recognizing all forms of humor, as a form of art. Humor has evolved to such a point where there are different forms and different ways by which it can be executed. The most popular form of humor is probably Stand-Up comedy and cinematic humor, the latter including comedy movies as well as T.V. series. In the internet age, humor has developed to a point where one may not necessarily need to turn on the T.V. or read the papers to find something funny. “Memes” are now a globally accepted part of popular culture and the internet is full of a seemingly endless variety of these memes. This holiday seeks to celebrate all humor as art.

History of Humorists are Artists Month

Humor, by definition, refers to the cognitive process that usually potentially elicits laughter from individuals. Laughter is a fit-like feeling and activity that can usually be evoked by experiencing a humorous cognitive stimulus but also other such sensitive responses as tickling. As such, an individual can experience laughter without the necessity of a humorous stimulus as well as an individual can experience humor without laughing. Humor is ubiquitous and universal, further implicating a genetic substrate. As far as human knowledge goes, no culture is a stranger to humor. The average reasoning person can reliably comprehend obvious attempts at humor.

Humor has been part of modern human behavior for thousands of years. One of the earliest historical figures to be firmly associated with humor and laughter was the Greek philosopher Democritus, who is widely regarded as the “laughing philosopher”.

Humor is the active “ingredient” in comedy, and comedy these days is one of the biggest outlets through which humor is released. Comedy, therefore, is one of the most popular art forms of humor. Comedy dates back as far as the Fifth Century when Greek playwright Aristophanes, wrote 40 comedy plays (of which 11 survived). Comedy has since evolved through different platforms and there is a wide variety of expressive methods for the use of comedy. Some of the most notable comedians of recent history, who have successfully pushed the boundaries of humor as an art form, include, in no particular order; Charlie Chaplin, Moms Mabley, Woody Allen, Redd Foxx, Bill Cosby, and Richard Pryor, among others.

Humorists are Artists Month timeline

460 B.C.
Democritus is Born

Greek philosopher, Democritus, popularly known as the “Laughing Philosopher,” is born.

446 B.C.
Aristophanes is Born

Aristophanes, a Greek comic playwright who is noted as one of the earliest humorists, is born.

April 16, 1889
Charlie Chaplin is Born

One of the most influential figures in the history of filmmaking, and parody filmmaker, Charlie Chaplin, is born.

1976
A.J. Chapman Writes on Humor and Laughter

A.J. Chapman, with H.C. Foot, writes the literary work “Humor and Laughter: Theory, Research, and Applications”.

Humorists are Artists Month FAQs

What is Humorists Are Artists Month?

Humorists Are Artists Month, is an unofficial holiday in March every year, which recognizes all forms of humor, as a form of art.

Is humor healthy?

The expression “Laughter is the best medicine” is one of the most common expressions. And what makes it so is the fact that laughter fixes most moods and as such, humor is good for health.

Do animals laugh?

Yes, they do. We humans don’t have the prerogative of laughter or humor, as animals like cats, and dogs, are said to also laugh.

Humorists are Artists Month Activities

  1. Pick up a comic book

    Most comic book series, like “Archie” for example, usually contain humorous content for the entertainment of their readers. In the spirit of Humorists Are Artists Month, you could pick up a comic book (or more) and have some fun with it.

  2. See a comedy show

    Comedy shows are now a big thing everywhere, and they have become an integral part of the global entertainment industry. You should attend a comedy show close to you, whether it’s a show by one of the big comedy acts, or simply a comedy night at a local bar.

  3. Shout-out to your favorite humorist

    Most of our favorite humorists in this age are stand-up comedians, actors, and/or internet comedy sensations who always entertain us. As such, giving a social media shout-out or doing some of our best impressions of them is a way to celebrate Humorists Are Artists Month.

5 Interesting Facts About Humor

  1. Humor reduces stress

    Humor helps to reduce stress greatly.

  2. Laughter reduces the risk of heart problems

    People who laugh more are at far less risk of having heart problems.

  3. Laughter is contagious

    Science has it that laughter is contagious.

  4. Animals laugh too

    Humans are not the only living beings who laugh, animals like cats and dogs laugh too!

  5. Humor is a universal language

    Humor is not something limited to a particular culture, race, or creed, but is well understood all over the world.

Why We Love Humorists are Artists Month

  1. Laughing makes us more attractive

    Laughing makes us appear prettier, or more handsome as the case may be. It is said that when we laugh, we radiate an extra bit of beauty.

  2. Humor is a good way to socialize

    Having a good laugh with friends, or being in the company of some humor., is usually a good social diet. We love laughter!

  3. It’s the best medicine

    Laughter is the best medicine! There isn’t much of another need to love it, is there?

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