The AATH will be co-hosting the 1st ever

Laughing Championships are a new thing so naturally people have questions.


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What is a Laughing Championship?

A laughing championships is a public contest where people compete in a series of laughter skills. The contests are usually judged on contagiousness, hilarity and technique. They can be extremely entertaining. Thee have been contests in Japan, France, the UK, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and the USA.

What technique is involved in laughing well?

Laughter is always a powerful triggered exhalation. Good laughs often involve good breathing similar to good singing. A choked off laugh tends not to be pleasant, healthy or contagious. Different challenges show different skills. For example the Maniacal Laughter competition demonstrates a competitor’ s ability to infect themselves with laughter. Best belly laugh measure’s the competitor’s ability to infect the audience. The Self-Laugh contest demonstrates a person’s ability to laugh at themselves. Humility and letting go turn out to be key skills.

How do we know who’s winning?

The basic measure is the contagious effect on the audience. Did the laugh make the audience laugh or applaud. Often judges are used to accelerate the proceedings.

Where do laughter contests come from?

Film director and Laughologist Albert Nerenberg got the idea for a formatted contest while attending a brutal Ultimate Fighting Championship match. Nerenberg noticed that during stare downs prior to the fight, fighters would often crack up. What he believed he was seeing was the  “laughter override” for violence triggered by eye contact and proximity. The dark side of human confrontation has been heavily explored but what about the exploring the bright side? Instead of holding an Ultimate Fighting Championship why not hold an Ultimate Laughing Championship?  300 people attend the 1st ever Montreal Laughter Championships where laughter duels were the climax. That event starting a trend.

An example of a hostile staredown that went “laughy.” More info in a CBC story here:

Isn’t laughter a shared non-competitive shared behavior?

Laughter is many things but its roots according to research are in competitive rough and tumble play. The competitive nature of the championships seem to improve laughter skills and intensity and in the end the competition is not taken completely seriously. The goal of the contest is to improve the expression of positive human emotions by turning them into an accessible and enjoyable sport. In the end, laughter contests seek to make the world a more peaceful and loving place by exercising the very skills that produce peace, contagious fun and love.

Could laughter really be a new peace promoting sport?

Come to a laughing championship and you’ll see.