Photos: Top ten funniest American cities -- and where Denver laughs last

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It's no surprise that CU prof Peter McGraw and longtime Westword writer Joel Warner, authors of a new book called The Humor Code, would rank the funniest American cities. After all, just such a list spurred the entire book project.

"I got one of the endless 'Top 10 city list' press releases," notes Warner, who also penned "Humor helped this captive crew on the USS Pueblo," a recent Westword feature, "and I e-mailed Peter McGraw, who I had already written about for Westword and with whom I was discussing ideas for a book. I wrote, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we came up with the country's funniest cities?' I meant it more or less as a joke, but when you have a guy who has a university-sanctioned humor research lab, even the silliest jokes can lead to hardcore scientific analysis."

Look below to count down McGraw and Warner's top ten, which includes Denver; we've added photos and HumorCode.com jokes intended to represent the humor in each place. Count them down here, and click for even more Humor Code city rankings.

Number 10:

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Seattle, Washington

Young Intellectuals

"What does one computer say to the other? 01010010101010101."

"Why does California have all the lawyers and New Jersey have all the hazardous waste dumps? New Jersey got first choice."

Number 9:
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San Francisco, California

Liberal Zany Meets Smart Techy

"What does a guy horse eat? Heyyyyyy."

"An electron and a positron walk into a bar. The positron says, "This round's on me." The electron says, "Are you sure?" The positron says, "I'm positive."

Continue to keep counting down the top ten funniest American cities according to HumorCode.com.

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turtlindown
turtlindown

Yes, Chicago has the funniest people outside of Wisconsin (pretty much the whole state except Scott Walker & Paul Ryan).  The people in both places can make a joke about anything.  I grew up in that area.


Most people outside Chicago or Wisconsin I know say I'm very funny and can make just about everyone laugh. However, it's only due to catching up with my much funnier relatives who made fun of my jokes. They're like sharks when it comes to a timid or inexperienced jokester. You will end up being the joke.  You see, unlike the South where they commence to fightin', they commence to humiliatin'  They're brutal. New Yorkers are much nicer.


When I go back there, I keep my mouth shut and just listen. It's best not to make any attempts unless you really know what you're doing.

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

seriously, the funniest city? you need a more creative staff! these city rank articles are getting really old already. I'm sure if you try really really hard you'll find something more interesting to write about

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

seriously, the funniest city? you need a more creative staff! these city rank articles are getting really old already. I'm sure if you try really really hard you'll find something more interesting to write about

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