Dr. Peter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral decision theory. His research examines the interrelationship of judgment, emotion and choice, with a focus on consumer behavior and public policy – ranging from how the government is botching anti-terror policy to why couples overspend on their nuptials. Holding appointments in marketing at the Leeds School of Business and in social psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, McGraw teaches courses in consumer behavior and advertising, but has lately become obsessed with what makes things funny.
McGraw directs the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) and the Judgment, Emotion, and Choice Lab (JECL), and he co-directs the Moral Research Lab (MoRL). His research has been covered by the BBC, MSNBC, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times – not to mention the popular humor website FAIL Blog, which featured a website created by his HuRL team called FunnyPoliceReports.com.
McGraw has also been known to spend way too much time perfecting his Halloween costume based on ’80s pop star Robert Palmer.
Denver-based writer Joel Warner has penned stories for Wired, Boston Globe, Westword newspaper and 5280 Magazine, among other publications, and his work has been honored by the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. While he’s exposed dirty cops and tackled city hall corruption with the best of them, he prefers more colorful and esoteric topics, like beer-delivering robots and globe-trotting coffee expeditions gone awry. A graduate of Haverford College, Warner has discussed his work on venues ranging from Colorado Public Television to Wired’s Storyboard podcast to BBC Radio.
According to the vagaries of the Internet, Warner is actually known for far different accomplishments. If Google is to be believed, Warner is an international expert on Swine Flu and one of the leading authorities on Casa Bonita, the over-the-top Mexican restaurant made famous by South Park.