The Melancholy of Laughter
Publication:
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 7 Feb 1935, p. 246-259


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The Melancholy of Laughter


The melancholy aspects toward laughter. Relating laughter to an attribute of the lower animals, with examples. An analysis of what it is that makes people laugh, with example. The Scot's amazing self assurance and complacency that gives the greatest laughter to other people, with demonstration. This humorous analysis and examination of laughter and the melancholy behind it continues with many anecdotes and examples, while at the same time looks at some issues relevant to Canadians.