Let’s face it, San Antonio. We’re just not very funny.
Researchers at Texas A&M University, as well as at the Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado used a ‘humor algorhythm’ to determine what are the funniest big cities in the country.
“Thinks like comedy clubs, comedy radio stations in the city, and the number of times people searched for terms like ‘comedy,’ ‘humor’ and ‘funny’ in a particular city,” Professor Caleb Warren, who is one of the co-authors of the study, 1200 WOAI’s Michael Board.
The un-funny result: San Antonio is the 47th funniest of the fifty big cities studied.
One thing that Warren says hurt San Antonio is the city’s large size. Even though you think of cities like Boston, St. Louis, and San Francisco as big cities, in reality, the cities themselves aren’t very big, and most of the population is in the suburbs. For the study, the authors used per capita city population figures.
Boston, for example, is in the center of the fifth largest metropolitan areas in the country, but the City of Boston has a population of just 690,000, less than half the size of the city of San Antonio.
“Even if San Antonio has just as many comedy clubs as Boston, the large size of San Antonio dilutes the numbers,” Warren said.
The funniest city in America: Chicago. The home of the late John Belushi, Second City, and Joan Rivers was the overwhelming top choice. The aforementioned Boston finished second, thanks largely to a booming comedy scene that includes natives like Jay Leno, Louis C.K, and Conan O’Brien.
Portland, Oregon and its quirky ‘Portlandia’ brand of humor, finished fifth.
San Antonio is actually funnier than Ft. Worth, which ranked dead last in the survey.