Is the last “man” standing in comedy the least funny? A retrospective cohort study of elite stand-up comedians versus other entertainers

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Abstract

Background This study aimed to confirm, in a large, diverse cohort of elite Stand-up Comedians and other entertainers, that there is an inverse association between comedic ability and longevity. Methods This retrospective cohort study included 200 Stand-up Comedians (13% women), 113 Comedy Actors (17.5% women), and 184 Dramatic Actors (29.3% women) listed in the top 200 in each category in a popular online ranking website. Longevity within each group was examined adjusting for life expectancy by year of birth and within-group ranking score. Results Stand-up Comedians were younger than Comedy Actors (median birth year 1962 versus 1947: p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-793
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comedy
  • Entertainers
  • Mortality

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