Here in D.C., we’re used to being the butt of jokes. (Blame Congress.)According to a new study by Colorado’s Humor Research Lab and the authors of the book “The Humor Code,” all that dysfunction breeds humor: Washington is the fourth funniest city in America, behind Chicago, Boston and Atlanta.
The study is based on info culled from 50 cities and surveys of residents. I wanted to pick apart some data points to see why D.C. ranked so high.
Famous comedians born per capita: D.C. produces one famous comic for every 158,000 residents, our most prominent comedic product being Dave Chappelle, above. Not all our born-in-D.C. luminaries have strong ties to the District (Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K.), but the data doesn’t lie.
Comedy clubs per square mile: Technically, we have just one major comedy club (a strike against us). But it’s a good one: Numerous comedians have told me the DC Improv is among their favorite clubs in the country.
Comedians’ ratings of audiences: Those same comedians agree that Washingtonians get jokes better than other cities’ residents. I see it whenever I watch live comedy. We show up, we pay attention and we laugh — often.