People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—be amused, smile or laugh at something funny—and thus are considered to have a sense of humour. The hypothetical person lacking a sense of humour would likely find the behaviour inducing it to be inexplicable, strange, or even irrational. Though ultimately decided by personal
Many theories exist about what humour is and what social function it serves. The prevailing types of theories attempting to account for the existence of humour include
The benign-violation theory, endorsed by
Others believe that 'the appropriate use of humour can facilitate social interactions'.