Types of Laughter

Our world is varied with assorted races, religions, social security numbers, and types of laughter.

Although laughing is universal the way in which we laugh and what we laugh at, is not. Maybe our link to getting passed our differences is through varied forms of laughter.

Laughing hahahahaha! Laughing is contagious (no, it is not an STD)! Why is it that hearing someone else’s laugh makes you want to laugh as well? I know I can’t help but laugh upon hearing a laugh that is particularly loud, devilish, or just unique.

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Obviously, not all laughter is created equal. Meaning, there are several different types of laughter. You’re not going to laugh the same way at someone’s nose-dive on the floor as you would flirtatiously giggle at a crush’s joke. 

Here is my list of some distinguishable types of laughter, let know if you can conjure up anymore...

Types of Laughter

1. Fake Laughter

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This type of laughter comes in handy when your boss tells a dumb joke and you have to laugh to make them less likely to fire you. Fake laughter is usually done by simply opening your mouth and pushing out a sound. It often sounds like: “ha ha ha”.

Sometimes I just forgo fake laughter all together and instead say something like, “That was so funny, I forgot to laugh!” The recipient typically understands and moves on.

2. Evil Laughter

Although evil laughter is generally pretty evil, it’s a lot of fun to imitate. This is the type of laughter a villain on a Disney movie is all too keen to let out. It stereotypically sounds like “Muhahhahaha ha ha ha!"

Once you hear any character on any movie laugh in that matter, you know without a doubt that they are in fact a “bad guy”. Sorry if that ruins any plot twists for ya. 

3. Hysterical Laughter

This is a fun strand of laughter, can be quite contagious too. This type of laughter can surface in different ways. One way is lack of sleep. Everything and nothing is funny, that fact alone makes it even funnier.

Pretty soon, you’re laughing so hard that tears are coming out of your unsuspecting eyes. Your body also becomes an unwilling participant-getting hunched over and possibly doing a little laughter-jig.

Another way this type of laughter can creep into your soul is if when you’re laughing it is quite inappropriate… 

4. Inappropriate Laughter

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Smooth segue, Christine. Thank you. At one point in our lives or another we’ve all had the fortunate misfortune of inappropriate laughter.

Fortunate because laughter is fun (and good for your health , remember?). Misfortunate because this type of laughter could potentially offend someone else or ruin a particular mood.

Classic example of this is laughing at church during a serious sermon. Maybe someone farted, which is pretty funny. You’re the only one that heard it or smelled it, maybe you dealt it.

The point is: right now is not the time to break into hysterics, its just plain…inappropriate. Just the sheer thought of your laughter at this inconvenient time elicits more and more laughter.

If someone else hears your laughter they could be infected by it, because we all know that laughter is contagious… 

Did you know that there was a such thing as a laughter club? 

5. Contagious/Infectious Laughter

Confectious laughter as I like to call it. This is the type of laughter that even just hearing makes you want to laugh. Oftentimes, this laughter can be inappropriate and make you laugh just because this is the case.

Research also supports the notion of contagious laughter as a bonding mechanism in social behavior. That is why comedy clubs love to pack their customers in tight: the laughter is contagious and brings about an overall better energy in the room.

I always get a little uneasy when I enter a room to perform stand up, and all of the patrons are sprinkled throughout the room instead of in nice big clumps. If the laughter of others isn’t completely apparent, oftentimes people don’t feel comfortable laughing out loud! 

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6. Baby Laughter


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This is pretty self-explanatory. There is nothing more precious than the sound of a baby’s laughter. Aaliyah even used a recording of a baby’s laugh in her 1998 hit “Are You that Somebody?”

I always wonder what babies are laughing at. It’s not like they have a real developed sense of humor. This inspires me to perform stand-up for babies. I’ll keep you posted on that. 

7. Nervous Laughter

One of the more infuriating types of laughter for those on the other end of it. Imagine an adult scolding a child and the child can’t stop laughing. Imagine a girl questioning her boyfriend on some of his indiscretions only to be met with chuckles.

Ew, why are you imagining all of this stuff? Stop.

8. Silent Laughter

One of my personal m.o.’s of laughing. This happens when you laugh so hard no sound actually comes out. It’s like the laugh gets confused and forgets to come from the back of your throat.

When I really get going laughing I can stay silent and hunched over for up to a minute! Well, I haven’t actually timed it out, but I’m pretty sure I could!

Another form of silent laughter is when you think something is really funny, but you know you can’t laugh (or else be deemed with inappropriate laughter). It’s usually at the expense of others.

This laughter stays lodged inside of your brain and you hear it loudly in your head. It may sound something like, “Ha! I’m glad you’re out of the competition now I can win! Ha!” 

9. Teasing Laughter

Teasing laughter is the cousin of the ol’, “Nanna nanna boo boo!” This type of laughter is not the kind of laughter you usually like to hear.

Nelson, the bully character on the long-running animated series, The Simpsons has one of the most menacing, taunting laughs. He’s always too eager to add his trademark, “ha ha!” at the sight of another’s ill fortune.

This list of different types of laughter is not the end-all be-all, but it is pretty close ;)

Feel free to add your own laughter type to this list with a brief description along with a video link if you have it! Maybe you're sitting on a ton of really unique types of laughter? If you are, don’t hog them all to yourself! 


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Over Acting Laughter 
Example : "Ahe he he he" SUPER OVER ACTING LIKE THE GIRL IN OUR OFFICE. *%$# I hate that ^%$#@. Grrrr. Laughing like a whore

fart laughing 
fart laughing is when you fart and laugh at the same time.

Held in noticeable 
Argues from ones self understood through conscious theirs creates put forward meant from tolled angers spent startled increased.

The Real Laugh Not rated yet
Your real laugh isn't pretty. It looks more like uncontrolled body spasms than anything. But you have one, and only one real laugh. But there's a couple …

The Smile and Laugh Not rated yet
The smile and laugh starts with a polite smile and a small and quiet exhalation through the nose. This is usually accompanied by a slight duck of the head …

nonstop laughter Not rated yet
Nonstop laughter happens when we hear certain jokes or see other people's laughter.

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