Quite interesting article in the Guardian about why Germans just aren't funny "the rigours of the German language's far less flexible sentence
structures [thwart the linguistic devices]
that constitute much English language humour...."
I have my doubts about this analysis. When I lived in Munich I watched an interview with a young German man who, when asked about the Germans' putative lack of any sense of humor, simply stated: "Well, maybe that is not such a bad thing."
Why do men like the Three Stooges more than women do? According to this CNN report on a study of "how the male and female brains react to humor," it's because women are "more analytical" and men "less discriminating" about comedy.
Setting aside that no mention is made in the report that the researchers controlled for feminine revulsion to violence (e.g., Moe's poking Curly in the eye--ha! get it?), feminine revulsion to ugly men, or the possibility that the Three Stooges isn't a terribly good exemplar of funny, I still wanted to criticize the study on the grounds that it conspicuously lacked a further control--viz., for the possibility that women just don't know funny.
But then Slate issued this partial disproof. Sarah Silverman, at least, knows funny.