Comedic Dominance: Dominance’s Effect on Comedic Perception and the Potential Role That Gender Plays
In this research we examine how emotional dimensions affect the perception of comedy in an interaction. Previous research has highlighted that higher ratings of valence and dominance is positively correlated with higher average scores for perceived comedy in an interaction. To measure this relationship we used brief video clips from “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, a popular web series starring Jerry Seinfeld. This series featured a variety of comedians, one per episode, conversing with Jerry Seinfield on a variety of topics. We used this method due to the constant of Seinfield in the interaction compared to the varying comedians. Previous research, while finding significant positive correlations, studied a mixture of male and female comedians. This study wanted to look into the role of gender on this relationship and thus only used female comedians as the sample. The hypothesis was that valence and dominance would be the same as previous studies. The results showed an interesting result in that there was a strong inverse (negative) relationship between the comedians’ dominance in the interaction and the perceived comedy of the interaction. It also found no significant relationship between valence and comedy. This implies that there are distinct factors that go into perception of comedy for different groups with additional research into these distinctions needed to create more concrete assertions.