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The first laughter competition was held in Montreal during 2011. Since then there have been competitive laughing championships held in several countries all over the world like Japan, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, France, Austria and Slovenia.
You may have heard of unusual non-sports related championships like competitive eating, well now there is also a competitive laughing circuit.
The first laughter competition was held in Montreal during 2011, and since then there have been similar competitive championships held in several countries all over the world like Japan, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, France, Austria and Slovenia.
Albert Nerenberg who hosted the first laughter competition, and is the director of a documentary called Laughology is quoted as saying: “People who work in therapeutic laughter sometimes think it’s too wild, but I’m quite serious about turning it into a sport. It’s challenging, and all the competitors describe significant physical benefits to competing.”
There are different laugh categories as part of the competition like best diabolical, best snorting, and sexiest laugh.
The participants, called laughers or laughletes, have to be able to conjure these kinds of laughs without any outside stimulation other than the audience and judges watching them.
Making a game out of laughing with winners and losers has been practiced by indigenous Canadian Inuit people for thousands of years.
Some studies into the subject have found that laughter is contagious and might be good for people’s health.