How Come Eddie Murphy Is So Funny?

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(Telegraph) Why comedians get laughs for even their worst jokes

Ever wondered why repeating a famous joke never gets the same laughs? It is not how you tell them but who tells them that matters, a study has shown. Researchers have found that how funny people perceive a gag to be depends on the person who is telling it, not the quality of the material.

If the teller is known to be a famous comedian the audience is more likely to laugh, no matter how bad the joke is, they said. Alternatively, the best joke in the world told by someone not known to be funny could fall flat.

And the gulf between the perception was even wider the more surreal or the sillier the joke.

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