Who is Who in Humor Research and Study – 2

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Who is Who – 1 – start here



Daemmrich Ingrid G.

Ingrid G. Daemmrich has been an active member of the International Society for Humor Studies since 1990. Each spring she teaches a course in humor in literature for freshmen at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The course aligns the various expressions of humor with the seasons and stages of human life: farce, the jester/clown, wordplay, and romantic comedy with spring and youth; satire and caricature with summer and adulthood; irony and parody with fall and maturity; and the absurd with winter and old age. A specialist in literary themes and motifs, Daemmrich has published numerous studies in thematics and comparative literature. The Handbook of Themes and Motifs in Western Literature, co-authored with Horst S. Daemmrich, is used as a reference guide by students of literature throughout the world. Spirals and Circles: A Key to Thematic Patterns in Classicism and Realism, also co-authored with Horst S. Daemmrich, presents a comprehensive thematic approach to two important literary movements. Enigmatic Bliss: The Paradise Motif in Literature concludes with an examination of how humorous game-playing affirms the central function of literature to amuse its audience.



Themes and Motifs in Western Literature:  A Handbook.  Co-authored with Horst S.                   Daemmrich. Tübingen:  Francke Verlag, 1987.

Themen und Motive in der Literatur. Ein Handbuch. Co-authored with Horst S.                          Daemmrich. Tübingen:  Francke, 1987.

Second Edition, completely revised and updated. Tübingen:  Francke, September 1995.

The Changing Seasons of Humor in Literature.  An Anthology of Short Readings in               Humor. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt, 1992.

Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Editions, revised and updated: 1995, 1999, 2002,

2005, and 2009.

Spirals and Circles:  A Key to Thematic Patterns in Classicism and Realism.  2 vols. Co-                   authored with Horst S. Daemmrich. New York:  Peter Lang:  (Winter) 1994.

Enigmatic Bliss:  The Paradise Motif in Literature. New York: Peter Lang Publishing,                       1997.

Articles specifically on humor:

“The Cyclical Seasons of Humor in Literature.” HUMOR:  The International Journal of        Humor Research 3-4 (1990): 415-434.

“From Eternal Bliss to Instant Fun: Literary Game-Playing with Paradise as Self-                  Promotion.” HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Research 13-2 (2000):             109-140.

“‘Do not reach up from readers’ laps and punch readers’ noses’: Joanna Russ’s

Provocative Message in Her Ending to The Female Man.The Explicator 67.2

(Winter 2009): 142-147.

“The Self-Promoting Playful Pen in Graphic and Literary Rhino-Caricatures.” Accepted for

publication in HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Research.

Gil Greengross


Gil Greengross received his PhD from the University of New Mexico.  His research focuses on the evolutionary roots of humor and laughter, specifically, how men and women express and enjoy humor differently in various situations based on sexual selection theory.  In addition to studying the adaptive value of humor, Dr. Greengross is also interested in the lives of stand-up comedians.  He conducted a large study that investigated comedians’ personality, humor styles, and intelligence.  He also studies the effects that humor may have on both physical and mental health as part of his growing interest in enhancing the role of humor research in the field of positive psychology.

Greengross, G., & Miller, G. F. (2008). Dissing oneself versus dissing rivals: Effects of status, personality, and sex on the short-term and long-term attractiveness of self-deprecating and other-deprecating humor. Evolutionary Psychology, 6(3), 393-408.

Greengross, G., & Miller, G. F. (2009). The Big Five personality traits of professional comedians compared to amateur comedians, comedy writers, and college students. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(2), 79–83.

Joshua Gregson


Joshua Gregson   completed  doctorate in November 2009 in clinical psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His dissertation study was titled The Characteristics and Functions of Humor in Psychotherapy: A Qualitative Study. In this study he examined humorous interactions between therapist and client in five individual dynamically-oriented psychotherapy sessions using phenomenological, conversation analysis, and clinical interpretation methods. Some of his major conclusions included that (1) client produced humor is underemphasized in the humor in psychotherapy literature and deserves closer attention, (2) humor often signifies potential rifts in the therapeutic relationship, (3) that humor’s meanings, unlike most other aspects of the relationship, is often not carefully attended to by the therapist, and (4) that the lack of attention may signify that humor is structured to be unreflectively taken as benign by its mutual participants (i.e., parties who are attempting to align through humor). Primarily interested in what humor expresses about unconscious motivation and in evolutionary understandings of humor. Interested in networking with others interested in humor.

Jim Lyttle


A Canadian with a doctorate in management anda degree in philosophy, Jim Lyttle conductsresearch on the effective and responsible use of humor in persuasion.He looks at its application in advertising, motivation, teaching, politics, andeven therapy.He works to get past slogans and platitudes to discover humor’s realistic benefits and dangers.He wants to know, “In what cases could humor work better than more-established approaches, with known side-effects?”

Mistler Brian J.


Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida (where he developed and taught UF’s first course in psychology of humor) and a master’s in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. A Gestalt therapist, Wittgenstein scholar, and international business consultant, Mistler is an expert in conflict resolution and second-order change in individuals and organizations. The author of more than 50 popular and scholarly articles, his humor-related work has focused primarily on bisociation, the use of humor to convey higher-order information (in philosophical, psychological, and religious contexts), and empirical examinations of relationships between humor styles and tolerance for ambiguity. When not busy trying to simultaneously hold two seemingly contradictory notions in his mind, Mistler has been seen using puppets in therapy (with adults!), quoting Rod Martin at parties, and is widely rumored to be a descendant of Mulla Nassrudin.

Montgomery Brad

President Founder at Humor in the Workplace Studies

  • Professional speaker / motivational humorist at Brad Montgomery Productions
  • Entertainer at Comedian & Magician for corporate events/ cruise ships

Müller Ralph

Universität Freiburg / Schweiz
Departement für Germanistik: Germanistische Literaturwissenschaft

Oberassistent, Lehrauftrag zur Vertretung von Prof. Würffel






Pfeifer Karl

Born: Sept. 24, 1948, Lubeck, Germany

Professor and Graduate Chair. Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan. PhD (Calgary).

Research: Metaphysics, philosophy of mind, action theory, philosophical logic.

Advanced seminar topics have included: Metaphysics of Events and Actions; Philosophy of Laughter and Humour; Language, Logic, & Ontology; Philosophy of Mind.

Selected publications:

“Laughter and Pleasure”, “Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 7 (1994) 157-172.

“Causal Capacities and the Inherently Funny”, Conceptus: Zeitschrift für
Philosophie, 27 (1994) 149-159.

“The Sudden, the Sudded, and the Sidesplitting”, Kjell S. Johannessen,
Tore Nordenstam (eds.) Culture and Value: Philosophy and the Cultural
Sciences (Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society,
Vol. 3, 1995), 224-232.

“Laughter, Freshness, and Titillation”, Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary
Journal of Philosophy, 40 (1997), 307-322.

“From Locus Neoclassicus to Locus Rattus: Notes on Laughter,
Comprehensiveness, and Titillation.” Res Cogitans 3 (2006), 29-46.


Vargas Alvaro

Alvaro vargas

An adaptable communicator, focused on the bridging of ideas to people by facilitating the development of concepts, processes and frameworks through a tested methodology of: gather, plan, build, and evaluate. Alvaro’s background in advertising, management consulting, and anthropology, provides him with a unique skill set that allows him to engage and empower teams from diverse backgrounds and personality types. He also apply this skill set in training projects, bridging people and knowledge.
As of for Alvaro’s humour philosophy…
“I am very interested in the complicit relationship between humour and power – How power uses humour to maintain structures of influence and control. Humour has a unique ability to engage people in small rebellions, and in doing so, staving off revolutions. Humour is a bridge that allows us to create shared perceptual frameworks. It allows us to see each other as people, not our roles or the things we use to support our constructed realities. In this way, it allows us to relate to each other on a more level playing field.”
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