Children’s Author Reveals The 4 Things That Always Make Kids Laugh

New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani prides himself in finding a balance between tragedy and comedy in his book series, The School for Good and Evil. The books have somewhat of a Harry Potter feel while also touching on the Grimm Fairy Tales platform as the good do not always win.

As a writer, Chainani wanted to figure out what makes kids laugh. During his search, he found there was a study that delivered the four things that would make any kid laugh. This meant that these four things would be as funny to kids in the city, on the farm, or in the Amazon.

4. Beating Someone With A Kitchen Utensil

In Hollywood, frying pans have been used for comedy in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Hancock, Tangled, Throw Momma From the Train, and over and over again on cartoons like the Looney Tunes as well as Tom and Jerry.

3. Falling Down A Short Flight Of Stairs

Falling down the stairs has been used for laughs in films like Home Alone, Surf Ninjas, The Wolf of Wall Street, Family Guy, Fight Club, Step Brothers, Christmas Vacation, The Blue Brothers, and several Coen Brothers films like Fargo, The Ladykillers, and Burn After Reading.

2. A Swift Fart Delivered In Silence

Perhaps the most obvious go-to for any children’s comedy, this joke has been featured just about everywhere. Whether it’s a scene in Shrek, a troll in Elf, a phone booth in Rain Man, The Nutty Professor dinner table, or Rodney Dangerfield’s famous line in Caddyshack, “Did someone step on a duck?,” it’s always good for a solid laugh.

1. Adults Dressed As Twins

“If you parade two adults dressed in the same clothes, in front of a weird tribe in the middle of the Amazon, it’ll get a laugh,” confirmed Chainani. These four items are the common denominators that connect everyone.

This would apply to the movie Twins, the Barney’s scene from Big Daddy, or in American Hustle when Christian Bale’s character asked, “Are you dressing him like you dress me?”

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