Mary Roach’s talk about female orgasm generated more laughs per minute then the funniest movie ever made, on a laughs per minute basis.
Airplane! – 3 laughs/minute vs Mary at 3.4 laughs/minute. Yes these numbers are loose, are meant to be tongue and cheek, don’t factor in an allowance for the varied running times, do not allow for for level of laughter generated (and I am sure the movies generate bigger, more laugh out loud lines) but the underlying point is there for all to see. Top TED speakers are using humor and some extremely well.