Meet New York’s Preeminent Anthropologist Comedian or Comedian Anthropologist

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“Lynch thinks evolution may have hardwired a sense of humor into our species because laughter serves as a signal. When you and I laugh at the same joke, we signal to each other that we share the same values, the same beliefs. This may be why people all over the world want friends and romantic partners who share their sense of humor.”

NPR’s Morning Edition in a story about Robert Lynch, a stand-up comedian and Rutgers University doctoral candidate who is studying the anthropology of comedy.