Video: CU Prof Peter McGraw tries his humor theory at the Squire, Denver's toughest room

This week's cover story, "The Nutty Professor," profiles Peter McGraw, a CU-Boulder professor who believes he's discovered the answer to what makes things funny -- a conundrum that's stumped academics for centuries.

To test his theory, McGraw got on stage at the Squire Lounge's open-mic comedy night, aka the hardest stand-up room in Denver -- even though he'd never done stand up before. Watch the video below to see how it went down.

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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