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The Humor Gap: Men and Women See Laughter Differently in Romance

Men and women may have different roles when it comes to comedy, but laughter is crucial from flirtation through long-term commitment


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.

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