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App to replicate laughing during inappropriate situations

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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Jan 22, 2022
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Replicating the feeling of not being allowed to laugh but needing to, like at school, via a comedian to user audio connection.
Why?
  • The feeling of laughing when you really shouldn't be is way more intense than regular laughing for some reason. Like during class, at some workplaces, in the military...
  • Replicating it as an adult would be a nostalgic throwback to school days when it happened the most.
  • Another avenue for emerging comics to practice their craft live, not just at comedy shows at night for five to 10 minutes as they usually have.
How it works:
The user would have to have earphones in for the app to start.
It's similar to Darko's comedy video chat idea but the element of social pressure not to laugh is a leading feature and how I arrived at the idea in the first place. It's not just "try not to laugh to win a game" but "try not to laugh as it's socially not acceptable at the moment and people will look at you funny."
Hence, mandatory earphones and not needing to watch the phone are there as it will make it more awkward/funny as it's not as clear as to what is causing the laughter. Unlike with video viewing.
The app could have multiple tiers.
The first one would link the user with a random comedian available and have him riff while the person is out, be it commuting in the subway, waiting in line at Starbucks, or as a break at a public library... A great way to break the mundane everyday activities.
Another tier would have the user schedule an activity he would be doing, like going to the doctor. Maybe even given the details of the reason behind the visit and have the comic prepare a five minute bit especially for the situation, like colonoscopy, and then unleash it while you're in the waiting room. It would also be therapeutic to break the stress out.
Or you could simply pay more and get to pick the topics that interest you for the comic to riff on.
As it would be hard for the phone to register whether the person is shaking from containing the vocal part of the laugh, a flat fee would be better for the payment. The microphone detects the actual vocal laugh and sends automatic extra payments to the comic.
The app could use location data to prevent the user from using it at his home.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
This wouldn't work for people who don't care/understand social norms. Or people who understand that they have nothing to lose and are thus free to make a fool of themselves.
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković4 months ago
Darko Savic Sure, but there aren't a lot of people like that.
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Danny Weir
Danny Weir4 months ago
Maybe I am missing the point with this idea, but I personally find actually laughing much more pleasurable than the feeling of wanting to laugh and not being able to. Is it essentially paying someone (a comedian who may or may not be funny) to make you almost laugh in an inappropriate setting?
What do you imagine the costs will be for a subscription? And wouldn't the comedians have to be on call at pretty much all times?
Please let me know if I am misunderstanding the idea.
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Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković4 months ago
Danny Weir Didn't you have a moment in class at school where the person you're sitting next to whispered a joke so funny you couldn't stop laughing? While the rest of the class is all serious and the teacher is looking at you waiting to stop and you couldn't?
I know a lot of people who love that feeling, they are frequent anecdotes, and there a lot of memes referencing it. 1. 2. 3. 4.
You just don't get to experience that as much as an adult and I thought it's a shame and wanted to find a way to replicate it.
Starting comedians get really low wages from nightclubs, so I think a session of $5 to $10 could be doable for both parties. You could also schedule the times so they don't have to be on-call always, or they can schedule their availability. Also, there are a lot of aspiring comedians so there's a market of people who would do it. A lot of YouTubers would try to grow their audience that way too.
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