Finding Comedy At Its Source

Does your birthplace have anything to do with how funny you are? It would seem unlikely at first blush, but haven’t we all had the experience of meeting people from an area totally unlike our own, and being stunned at their lack of humor? The Guardian has quantified the phenomenon (albeit in an almost totally unscientific manner) and mapped the most and least humorous places in Great Britain. London, not surprisingly, comes out looking pretty funny, as do Glasgow and Wales. Birmingham, it turns out, is quite unfunny, and something called East Anglia is apparently brutally somber.