- When seeking a mate, men desire women who laugh at their jokes, whereas women prefer men who can make them laugh.
- These complementary desires may be rooted in the evolutionary force of sexual selection, whereby one sex performs or competes for the other, choosier sex’s attention.
- Once a man and woman are in a relationship, humor roles change—it becomes important for women to use humor to relieve tense discussions.
When comedian Susan Prekel takes to the stage and spots an attractive man in the audience, her heart sinks. “By the end of my gig he’s going to find me repulsive, at least as a sexual being,” she says.
In more than a decade of performing on the New York City comedy circuit the attractive, tall brunette has been asked out only once after a show. But male comics get swarmed. “They do very well with women. I see it all the time,” Prekel says.
This article was originally published with the title The Humor Gap.