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We identified 9 types of comedy club laughers. Which one are you?

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(Illustration by Gemma Correll / For The Times)
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If you’ve ever been to a comedy club, you know the moment, the one where one laugh stands out from all the rest. It calls attention to itself not only for its full-blast volume, but also for its particular character. Maybe it’s a loud snort. Or a regular laugh that escalates into a scream. You look around to find the source of the disruption. Someone across the room? Someone at the next table? Maybe it’s you!

With Los Angeles about to be overrun by comedians during Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival — 12 nights, 30 locations and more than 250 shows — cartoonist Gemma Correll has pinpointed nine types of comedy club laughers. See if you recognize yourself in any of them.

Find interviews, recommendations and more in our day-by-day guide to the citywide Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival, which runs April 28 to May 8.

April 24, 2022

Comedy club laugher - drink spitter
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Comedy club laugher - snorter
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Comedy club laugher - wheezer
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Comedy club laugher - nervous
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Comedy club laugher - hooter
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Comedy club laugher - screamer
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Comedy club laugher - stoic
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Comedy club laugher - cryer
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Comedy club laughers - sniggerer
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Correll is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator. Her books include “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette” (Dog N Bone, 2013), “The Feminist Activity Book” (Seal Press, 2015) and “The Worrier’s Guide to Life” (Andrews McMeel, 2015).

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