International Society for Humor Studies
2007 ISHS Conference

Hosted by

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island

Daily Programs

Day 1: June 28           Day 2: June 29          Day 3: June 30           Day 4: July 1



First Day Registration
Roger's Recreation Center, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Conference Welcome Reception
Ochre Court, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Served

Conference Convenor and Host
Margaret Mathias, Salve Regina University

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O'Hare Academic Center, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Conference Welcome
Bazarsky Auditorium, 8:15 am to 8:30 am

President's Address
Bazarsky Auditorium, 8:30 am to 9:15 am

Mirth and Mental Health: Psychological Functions and Benefits of Humor

Rod A. Martin, University of Western Ontario

Graduate Student Award Presentations
Bazarsky Auditorium, 9:15 am to 10:30 am

The Importance of Status, Personality and Sex in the Use of
Self- and Other-deprecating Humor—An Evolutionary Perspective

Gil Greengross, University of New Mexico

Rewriting the Masculinist Treatment of Satire:
Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country

Julia Hans, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dynamical Comprehension-Elaboration Theory in a Vaudville Setting
Ryota Nomura

Kyushu University

Morning Break
Atrium, 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Take Borat, Somebody Please!
Bazarsky Auditorium, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm


Paul Lewis, Boston College

Christie Davies, University of Reading
Elliot Oring, California State University, Los Angeles
Lawrence Mintz, University of Maryland
John Morreall, College of William and Mary

Lunch Break

Dining Hall, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Meeting of the ISHS Executive Board

Classroom 113, 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Breakout Session #1
Various Classrooms, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Paper Session 1A
Psychology of Humor

Paper Session 1B
Aspects of Humor

Paper Session 1C
Cartoon Humor

Paper Session 1D
Humor and Stress


Topic, Acquaintanceship,

and Individual Differences as Predictors of Reactions

to Teasing

Sarah L. Tragesser

University of Missouri-Columbia


Louis G. Lippman

Timothy J. Trull

Western Washington University

Genetic and environmental influences on sense of humor:
A twin study of the Humor

Styles Questionnaire

Rod A. Martin (Chair),
Philip A. Vernon,
Julie Aiken Harris,
& Ashley Mackie

University of Western Ontario

Partial Ontology: Is Humor
a Continuous Process or
a Discontinuous Process?

Donald Casadonte

Columbus State Comm. College


Is Learning Languages Fun?
Perceptions of Humor in the World Language Classroom

Manuela Wagner

& Eduardo Urios-Aparisi

University of Connecticut

How much does
the GTVH explain?
Wallace Chafe
Univ. of Calif. at Santa Barbara

Paper read by Salvatore Attardo

Cultural Recipe for a
Successful Humorous Text

Wladyslaw Chlopicki (Chair) Jagiellonian University



Of Rolling Pins and Roses:
Cartoon Images of Senator Margaret Chase Smith

Alice Sheppard

University of Maine, Presque Isle

Media Representations of
Race, Gender, and Sexuality:

A Textual Analysis
of Cartoons in The Week

Scott Patrick Murphy (Chair), University of California at Riverside

Renegotiating Political
Humour in the Face of Defeat:
Pragmatic Analysis of
Editorial Cartoons

Published during the Months
Surrounding Venezuela's

2006 Presidential Election

Diana Pifano

University of Ottawa


The Effects of Sense of Humor

on Cognitive Appraisals,
Affection of the Potential

Stressful Events and the

Negative Life Events

Shu-Jung Chen & Hsueh-Chih Chen
National Taiwan Normal University

The Relationship of Life Stress,
Multiple Sense of Humor,

and Subjective Well-Being

of College Students

Chien-Chih Lai
National Taiwan Normal University
Hsiang-Yi Wu
Tzu-Ning Wang
& Hsueh-Chih Chen
National Taiwan Normal University

The Arena of Amusement:
A Sense of Humor in China

from the 3rd to 7th Century

Chun-Yen Shiue

National Cheng Chi University

& Hsueh-Chih Chen (Chairs)

National Taiwan Normal University

Colloquium 1E
Creation and Reception of Mediated Humor

Modeling the Senses of Humor in the Context of Mass Media Comedy

Kimberly Neuendorf (Moderator), Cleveland State University

Photographic Transgression: The Ontology of Film Comedy

Evan Lieberman, Cleveland State University

Giving the Audience What They Want:
Television and the Changing American Humor Landscape

Jack Powers, Ithaca College

The Evolution of Humor in Video Game Entertainment
Paul Skalski, University of Minnesota-Duluth



Afternoon Break

Atrium, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Breakout Session #2
Various Rooms, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm


Paper Session 2A
in Discourse

Paper Session 2B
Humor Curricula
& Programs

Paper Session 2C
Women and

Paper Session 2D
Humor and


“That wasn't a Laugh”:
Responses to Failed Humor

Nancy Bell (Chair)

Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania

Failed Humor in American Discourse

Jodi Eisterhold

Georgia State University

Onomatopoeia and
Unarticulated Language
in the Translation
and Production of Comic
Books–A Case Study:
Comic Books in Spanish
Carmen Valero-Garcés
University of Alcala


The Influence of Blending Programs for Humor and Integrative Activity
upon the Humor Sense

Hseau-Lih Lin &
Hsueh-Chih Chen
National Taiwan Normal Univ.
Ching-Yuan Chang
Tzi Chi University

Evaluating the Impact of Humor-
Training Program on Parents:
Sense of Humor and
Parent-Child Communication

Shen-Kang Hsueh
Taipei Mun. Nanhu High School
Fa-Chung Chiou
Fu Shing Kang College
Hsueh-Chih Chen
& Chih-Chun Hsu
National Taiwan Normal Univ.


The Influence of Creative
Teaching with Humor Skills on
Junior High School Students:
Learning Performance on
Mathematics and Creativity
Hui-Ching Chen, Yi-Fang Hsu,
Hsueh-Chih Chen

National Taiwan Normal Univ.
Fa-Chung Chiou
& Jen-Ho Chang
Fu Shing Kang College


Hotlips in the Shower.
Roncex in the Shit

John Parkin

University of Bristol

Feminist Humor
as “Thought Experiment”:
Blended Spaces & Improbable
Worlds as Subversive Humor

Janet Bing (Chair)

Old Dominion University

Historicizing Women

and Humor

Kristina Lucenko

State University of New York


Christian Perceptions of
the Humorous Behavior
of Jesus Christ

David J. Bennett

North Park University

Denominational Humor:
Building a Heavenly
or Appealing to

a “Playful Malice”?

Chair: Bruce Glenn

Arizona State University

The “Playful Malice” of Denominational Humor

Larry Barron
Grand Canyon University

Paper Session 2E

Humor in the Classroom

Verbal Humor Production and Interpretation

Chun-yen Lai
PU University Taiwan

What Freshmen Laugh About: Frequent Themes in College Humor
Christian F. Hempelmann
& Ursula Beermann
Zurich University

What is Humor after All: Views from University Students in Hong Kong
Xiao Dong Yue (Chair)
City University of Hong Kong

Dinner Break

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Special Evening Presentation
Bazarsky Auditorium, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Art, Science and Practice, Practice, Practice of New Yorker Cartoons

Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor, New Yorker Magazine


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O'Hare Academic Center, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

Breakout Session #3
Various Rooms, 9:00 am to 10:30 am


Paper Session 3A
and Linguistics

Paper Session 3B
and Literature

Paper Session 3C
Humor, Philosophy,
& Religion

Paper Session 3D
in Literature

Cognitive Mechanisms & Humor

Phillip Hamrich
Youngstown State University

On Some Kinds of Humorous
Failed Metaphors

Salvatore Attardo
Youngstown State University

Visual Puns and Verbal Puns:
Descriptive Analogy or False

Christian F. Hempelmann
& Andrea C. Samson (Chairs) University of Zurich

Citizens and Ethical Laughter
in Orlando Furioso

Rosa Amatulli (Chair)
CUNY Graduate Center

Mark Twain’s Humor of Appreciation
Junichiro Sano
Soka University, Japan

Flann O’Brien: All-In-One
Giordano Vintaloro
University of Bologna

Comic vs. Tragic Religions:
Zen vs. Calvinism
John Morreall
College of William and Mary

The Rhetorical Power
of Humour
Janice Porteous

Why Confucius Despised Humor
Xiao Dong Yue (Chair)
City University, Hong Kong

As Till Shat: An Analysis of
Scatological Humor in the
Eulenspiegel Tales

Gary Davenport
Youngstown State University

Twin emotions of Goffman’s
Interaction Order

Eduardo Jáuregui
St. Louis University, Madrid

Provocative Entertainment
The Dialectics of Literary and
Graphic Rhino-Caricature

Ingrid Daemmrich (Chair)
Drexel University

Workshop 3E
When the Moment Strikes: Improvisational Humor for the Classroom

Matthew Brian Taylor, Any Theme Goes Inc.

 Morning Break

Atrium, 10:30 to 11:00 am

 Plenary Session
Bazarsky Auditorium, 11:00 am to 12:00 am

Caught Laughing
William P. Haas, Professor Emeritus
Salve Regina University

Lunch Break
Dining Hall, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Meeting of the HUMOR Editorial Board

Classroom 113, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Breakout Session #4
Various Rooms, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Paper Session 4A

Paper Session 4B
Chinese Version of MSHS/Gelatophobia

Paper Session 4C
Humor and
Political Correctness

Paper Session 4D
Humor, Politics,
and Ethics

Humor Preference and
Folksong Appreciation:
Peter, Paul, and Mary Return

Robin Jaeckle Grawe
Institute for Travesty, Comedy,
and Humor Studies

Twelve Forms of Irony:
The Theoretical Significance
of Forrest Gump

Paul Grawe (Chair)
Institute for Travesty, Comedy,
and Humor Studies

Carnival Laughter
in Twentieth Century Literature

Preston Fambrough
Baker University

Psychometric Study
of a Chinese Version
of the Multidimensional
Sense of Humor Scale (MSHS)

Maria P. Y. Chik
& Sammy S. K. Ho
Hong Kong Baptist University

Taiwanese vs. Japanese
in Self-perception
of Gelotophobia
Chao-chih Liao
National Chiayi University 
Michiko Miyazaki
Int.Univ. of Health and Welfare
Tsung-chin Chang
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Willibald Ruch
University of Zurich

Gelotophobes and their Humor
Ursula Beermann
& Willibald Ruch (Chairs)
University of Zurich

Politics is Comedy

Don Baird (Chair)
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Art Buchwald: An Appreciation
Larry Mintz
University of Maryland

Ownership of Scripts:
What’s the Difference Between
Don Imus and Sarah Silverman

Victor Raskin
Purdue University

Cracking Update:
Eighteen Months of Provocative
American Humor

Paul Lewis
Boston College

Upgrading from
Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0:
An A
nalysis of Prominent
Internet Comic Texts
about Gender
Limor Shifman
University of Oxford
& Dafna Lemish
Tel Aviv University

How the Concept
of Framing in Cartoons
Created Political Awareness in
Community College Freshman

Anjanette Darrington
Arizona State University

Rethinking Racist
and Ethnic Humor

Michael K. Cundall (Chair)
Arkansas State University

Colloquium 4E 
Comedy, Politics and Truth

Thomas Douglass

East Carolina University

Political Comedy and Film
Eric Shouse & Todd Fraley
East Carolina University

“Festivus for the Restivus”: How Jew Comedians Create Representation
for Themselves (and other Jews) through Satire and Comedy during Christmas

Bernard Timberg & Eric Shouse
East Carolina University

Comedy, Politics, and Truth: How Political Ideas Were Disseminated
at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Through Humor

Bernard Timberg, Rudy Chu, & Erick Green,
East Carolina University


Afternoon Break
Atrium, 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Breakout Session #5
Various Rooms, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Paper Session 5A
and Coping

Paper Session 5B
Humor Curricula
and Programs

Paper Session 5C
Cultural Aspects
of Humor

Paper Session 5D
Humor, Literature,
and Culture

The Relation between
Humor and Empathy

William Hampes (Chair)
Black Hawk State College

Using Humor to Cope
Contrasting Three Alzheimer’s
Family Caregiver Narratives

Marlana Opitz
University of Texas, Austin

Humor in the Aging Process

William F. Fry
Stanford University
& Beat Haenni

Sense of Humor and
Humor-Assisted Learning
in College Students

Asil Ali Ozdogru
& Robert F. McMorris (Chair)
State University of New York

Recognition of Phonological
Children’s Jokes based on
Three Components
of Computer Processing

Julia M. Taylor & Lawrence J. Mazlack,
University of Cincinnati

The Expression of
Humor Appreciation
in Shared Video-Watching

Eva Nwokah
Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro

Comparing Indian, Taiwanese
and American Sense of Humor:
Attitudes toward Pranks

Chao-chih Liao
National Chiayi University
Rajamani Ravi

R.V.S. College of Arts & Sciences
& Yi-ting Chou
Kaohsiung Medical University

Cognitive and Linguistic
Analysis of Place Name Jokes
in Taiwan

Chao-chih Liao
National Chiayi University
& Yi-ting Chou,
Kaohsiung Medical Univ.

An Interrogation of
Visual Humor in Japan

Elaine Gerbert (Chair)
University of Kansas

The Humor of Names in Young Adult Literature

Alleen Pace Nilsen
Arizona State University

Humorous Names in Contemporary Literature
as Evidence of Cultural Assimilation

Don L. F. Nilsen (Chair)
Arizona State University

A Behavioral Analysis
Framework for the Ethological
Study of Political Humor
Michael K. Cundall Jr.
& Patrick Stewart
Arkansas State University

Special Session 5D
Peace Humor
Christopher Leeds
Univerisity Nancy 2, France
Peace Humour (PH) is a new paradigm which was created in 2005 in relation to a project undertaken for UNESCO, Paris. It is unique in that this paradigm is located partly within the interdisciplinary field of Humor Studies and also within the sub-areas of International Relations (IR) that cover Peace Studies and Peace Education.

Buffet Banquet
Terrace, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Dinner Menu
Traditional Caesar Salad
Assorted Rolls and Sweet Whipped Butter
Marinated Grilled Chicken with
Sun Dried Tomato and Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce
Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Asparagus Tips with Saffron Oil
Rice Pilaf
Julienne of Honey Glazed Carrots
Coffee Service
Dessert: Chocolate Sacher Torte

Dinner Performance
Will Rogers Live with Cy Eberhart

This is an experiential personal-development process which combines Will Rogers’ commentary in a “live” performance. Mr. Eberhart hopes to increase our sensitivities to our own life values as these relate the everyday life. Educational and entertaining, this unique engagement will capture your mind and sweep your emotions.

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O'Hare Academic Center, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

 Plenary Session
Bazarsky Auditorium, 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Great Expectations: A Hands-on (?) Experience of Laughter
Kay C, Laughter Works

Morning Break
Atrium, 10:00 to 10:30 am

Breakout Session #6
Various Rooms, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Paper Session 6A
Humour Measurement

Paper Session 6B
and Culture

Colloquium 6C
Teaching the Psychology
of Humor in the Undergraduate
Psychology Curriculum

Development of a Psychometric Humour Appreciation Measure (HAM)
Benjamin Leung (Chair)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Humor Appreciation of Children
of Different Genders
Pei-Ling Deng
National Taipei Univ. of Education

Fa-Chung Chiou
Fu Shing Kang College
Hsueh-Chih Chen & Yi-Fang Hsu
National Taiwan Normal University

The Development of Humor
Comprehension and
Appreciation Test and
its Correlative Factors Research
Wei-Chyi Chen
Nat. Chutung Senior High School
Chih-Chun Hsu
Hsueh-Chih Chen
National Taiwan Normal University
& Yao-Nan Lin
Lunghwa Univ. of Science and Technology

Humour as Social Capital
in Australia
Jessica Milner Davis (Chair)
University of New South Wales

The Irony of Kitsch in
Milan Kundera and Severo Sarduy
Rolando Perez
Hunter College

This Must be the Place:
Downtown Comedy in New York City
from an Anthropological Perspective
Amy Jones
CUNY Graduate Center

Teaching the Psychology of Humor
as an Introductory Psychology Seminar 
Martin D. Lampert (Chair)
Holy Names University

Teaching the Psychology
of Humor as an Advanced Capstone
Course for Psychology Majors
Rod Martin
University of Western Ontario

Teaching the Psychology of Humor
as Part of a Special Topics Course
Jim Lyttle
Long Island University

Workshop 6D
Living Healthier and Happier Ever Laughter

Phil Milgrom



Lunch Break
Dining Hall, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Breakout Session #7
Various Rooms, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Paper Session 7A
and Eye Movement

Paper Session 7B
Comedy and Humor
in Japan

Paper Session 7C
Film, Video,
and Television

Paper Session 7D
Humor, Culture,
and Ethics

The Processing of Ambiguous
Word in Chinese Jokes:
Evidence in Eye Movements
Chen Hsueh-Chih
Chih-Chun Hsu
National Taiwan Normal University Fa-Chung Chiou
Fu-Shing Kang College
Shu-Ling Cho
Fu-Jen Catholic University

Eye Movements
in Comic Reading
Hsueh-Chih Chen, Yi-Fang Hsu,
Shu-Ling Peng, Chia-Ling Su
National Taiwan Normal University
& Lee-Xieng Yang
National Cheng-Kung University

Why don’t They Understand?
The Measurement of
Comprehensive Processing
in Chinese Jokes: Evidence
in Eye Movement
Hsueh-Chih Chen (Chair) 
Chih-Chun Hsu
National Taiwan Normal University
Fa-Chung Chiou
Fu Shing Kang College
& Shu-Ling Cho
Fu-Jen Catholic University

Japanese Stand-Up Comedy:
Till Weingaertner, Osaka, Japan

Why Jokes Evoke Anger
and How People Respond
to Jokes in
Japanese College Students
Daichi Hayama (Chair)
Tsukuba University, Japan

Humor of Class
in Japan
Junichiro Sano
Soko University, Japan

The Italian Brooklynite
in Popular Film
Cornelia Cody
New York University

The Humor Techniques
in Kung Fu Hustle
Chao-chih Liao
National Chiayi University

& Tsung-chin Chang
Chinese Academy of Sciences

“Humor does not Travel Well”:
American Television Comedy
in Four European Countries
Giselinde Kuipers (Chair)
University of Amsterdam

Seriously Funny:
What Real Journalists can
Learn from Fake News
David M. Saldana
Iowa University

(Humor in) A (Donut) Place
on the Corner
Scott Patrick Murphy
Univ. of California at Riverside

He Who Laughs: A Social
Interactionist Theory of the
Humor Audience
Moira Smith (Chair)
Indiana University

Afternoon Break
Atrium, 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Breakout Session #8
Various Rooms, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Paper Session 8A
Discourse & Philosophy

Paper Session 8B
in the Workplace

Paper Session 8C
Political Jokes
and Culture

Paper Session 8D
of Humor

Joyce Saltman
Southern Connecticut State Univ.

"I Like to Look in the Mirror”:
Satirizing the Narcissism of
“Reality” in Arrested
Erin Giannini
University of East Anglia

Tickling Turtles and Laughter
William F. Fry
Stanford University

Humor and Leadership
in the Nonprofit Workplace:
A Qualitative Investigation of Stress, Power, and Trust
in the Human Service Setting
William B. Vogler
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Humor and Joking Culture
in the Firefighting Context
Larry Moran & Gene Roth
Northern Illinois University

Leading with Humor:
Humor Styles and
Organizational Culture
Eric Lake
University of Phoenix

Finnic and Baltic Nationalities
as Ethnic Targets in
Contemporary Russian Jokes
Arvo Krikmann
Estonian Literary Museum

American Jokes about Lawyers
and Soviet Political Jokes

Christie Davies
University of Reading

Americans in Estonian
Ethnic and Political jokes

Liisi Laineste
Tartu University

The Relationship between
Humor and Nonhumor
Joseph Richman (Chair)
Albert Einstein School of Medicine

A Facet Analysis

of Current Humorous Coping Questionnaires

Sibe Doosje

Utrecht University

Time for Elaboration Process:
Ride on a Ripple of Funniness

Ryota Nomura
& Shun'ichi Maruno
Kyushu University

Annual ISHS Membership Meeting
Bazarsky Auditorium, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

2006 Annual Report
Rod Martin, ISHS President

Membership & Financial Report
Martin Lampert, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

2008 Conference Update
Juan Garcia Cerrada, Convenor

Conference Acknowledgements

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