The ‘funniest’ one in a group of friends is actually just being much louder than everyone else, it has been confirmed.
Jules Smith, one of the quieter members of the group said: “People are always saying how funny George is and how he always ‘brings the banter’.
“But I just stopped and thought, ‘what if he isn’t actually funny, and what if he’s just a loud prick?’”
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: “Loudness can compensate for a vast range of sub-par and often offensive humour.
“Meanwhile, the loud one is also at high risk of repeating a joke someone else has just said but louder, talking over people with such confidence that it creates the illusion they are saying something different.”
Jules Smith said: “I hope George takes on board these findings, heralding the age of the quiet funny friend. Perhaps I could then say funny things out loud rather than just putting them on Twitter.”
George said: “Study this!” and then made the V-sign with both hands, to the delight of onlookers.