The Institute For Comedic Inquiry is an artist-led institute that studies humor and turns absurdities into eyebrow-raising public experiments.

Since 2009, we’ve been engaging people with our experiments. They usually take the form of interactive objects or performances. Each shares a common goal: using humor, science, art, and performance as tools for publically debating ideas. All are based on our research and collaboration with scientists and experts.

Too Far: 2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar

Too Far: 2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar

hümr

hümr

Insecurities Security Screening

Insecurities Security Screening

Pantsuit Power Walk For Hilary

Pantsuit Power Walk For Hilary

Human Pollination Project

Human Pollination Project

ISLIKE

ISLIKE

syntHAsizer

syntHAsizer

The Reactionizer

The Reactionizer

Concepts of Exercise

Concepts of Exercise

Portland Laugh Line

Portland Laugh Line

Quantified Laugh Tear Self

Quantified Laugh Tear Self

 

HaHa Journal

Exploring The Intersection of Humor + Culture

Lowbrow, cliche, humor is making a comeback in the age of Trump—seems we’re really desperate for comedic relief. 😲 Alexa finally stopped her creepy unsolicited laughing, but it was an eerie reminder that she is always listening.👂🏻Visual puns about bodily humor were found on a latrine in Turkey—they are 1,800 years old. 🚽 A study of The Onion’s headlines revealed there are linguistic cues that signal satire. 📰