San Diego to Host First Ever American Laughing Championship This Weekend

San Diego is known as America’s Finest City. On April 6, it could also be the funniest, when the Westin Gaslamp hosts the country’s first-ever national laughing championship.

The woman competes in a laughing competition, a sport in which people try to make themselves and others laugh as much as possible. Photo: Ultimate Laughter

Laughing is a good natural body remedy. Now it has turned into a serious competition. Inspired by watching UFC fights, Albert Nerenberg has organized a laughing competition that is to be held at the Westin Hotel in San Diego on April 6.

This championship is scheduled to take place in San Diego’s Westin Gaslamp Hotel on April 6 at 6 p.m. The entrance fee will be $20.

Between 10 and 14 of the best chortlers, guffawers and gigglers will be competing against each other to see who has the most contagious laughs, according to contest organizer Albert Nerenberg.

“We will audition people until we get to the top 10, and then we eliminate them by having them attempt different laughs,” Nerenberg told HuffPost.

The variations include the belly laugh, the Alabama knee-slapper, the maniacal laugh and the diabolical laugh. The last one is the most challenging according to Nerenberg, who said the goal is to make the audience laugh with your laugh.

“There’s maniacal laugh, that’s where there’s the Dr. Evil thing, muahaha,” he explained.

“There’s the self laugh, where you laugh at yourself. This is because you have to show humility, really show you can laugh at yourself. There’s the Alabama knee slapper where you slap your right knee and you laugh.”

“It’s a solo laugh that requires a good diaphragm,” he explained to the San Diego Downtown News.

“Whereas the other laugh styles require someone to get the audience laughing, a good diabolical laugh requires the laughter to infect himself and start laughing naturally.”

Saturday’s contest is the first national championship in the U.S., although Nerenberg has organized previous national laughing contests in Canada and Japan and a state championship in California back in 2010, while making a documentary called“Laughology.”

“Doing the film changed my life,” he admitted. “I was a very grim filmmaker, but working on this documentary showed me how serious laughter is.”

Nerenberg is asked the question, does a force laugh create the same effect as a natural laugh? In other words a natural laugh functions as a natural anti depressant for the body.

Does a force laugh do the same thing? Nerenberg explains that indeed it does. A forced laugh is an authentic laugh which at first it starts of as an aggressive forced laugh, but after a few seconds it becomes a natural laugh.

In the end, the competition is not based on how well a person laughs, but on how contagious it is. Therefore the result of a winner is solely depended on the reaction of the audience, writes DigitalJournal.

The winning guffawer will win bragging rights over lesser laughers and a giant “Cup of America” to take home.

“We’re not at the point where we can get cash,” he laughed.

The contest is being held as part of the 26th Annual Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH), taking place April 4-7 also at the Westin.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will also receive a special award “for his efforts to inject humor and levity in political life.”

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