Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How Come These Cities Are Funny?

Kavanaugh and I have spilled a lot of Internet ink in discussing some of America's most popular cities. Just last Friday, I compiled a list of my favorite city nicknames. Now, apparently the New York Times is joining our conversation. On Sunday, the paper's Website published a review of a study to determine the funniest cities in the country. The rankings were compiled based on "surveys of residents (on the prevalence of humor in their daily lives) and of comedians, number of visits to comedy websites, tweets, radio stations, comedy clubs per square mile and native-born comedians per capita."

I don't really understand how anyone could create an objective list of "funniest" cities, but it's a fun idea anyways. I examined the cities that made the top 10, and I tried to determine what makes each one funny. (Important note: The fictional Springfield is actually the funniest city in the U.S.)

1. Chicago
Bill Murray, Chris Farley, John Belushi, and many others got their start with The Second City, the comedy troupe that never disappoints. It makes sense that Chi-Town grabbed the top spot.

2. Boston
There are plenty of college kids, and young people tend to be funnier than old ones.

3. Atlanta
This one surprised me a little bit. According to the Times, Atlantans enjoy jokes about race. Apparently, it's hilarious to poke fun at people that are different from us. 

4. Washington, D.C.
Making fun of Dan Snyder's Redskins is an incredibly joyful pastime. Also, Louis C.K. was born in D.C.

5. Portland
Like Atlanta, Portland is a puzzling inclusion in the top 10. The impending legalization of marijuana probably didn't hurt the city's ranking. 

6. New York City
Well, I live in NYC, so that probably helped. You wanna hear me tell a joke?

7. Los Angeles
Lots of funny people move to Hollywood, and my buddy Flanagan is about to infuse Orange County with a much-needed jolt of Jersey sarcasm.

8. Denver
Three hundred days of sun each year would improve anyone's sense of humor. The great beer is another positive.

9. San Francisco
Two of history's funniest writers, Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain, each lived in San Francisco at some point.

10. Seattle
Kurt Cobain makes every other Seattleite seem like a cross between John Candy and Amy Poehler. I'm not sure how Seattle beat out Gary, Indiana, but I'm not an authority on this topic.

Gary was a glaring omission from the list. (Photo via rustwire.com)

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1 comment:

  1. Colin Cowherd has a theory that alot of humor comes from "uncomfortable places", and as far as cities go that's why the colder, more crowded ones tend to produce more funny things/people. So it makes sense that alot of these cities are in colder climates, have big crowds, or have alot of weird/unique characters in them.