Data Analysis:The interviews were subjected to three levels of analysis.
a. At the first level humorous utterances and episodes were located and categorized according to Ziv's categories, functions and types of humor (1984, 1996).
b. Next, fifteen utterances and episodes of each humor type and function were sampled and given to three independent judges for validation. The judges were asked to determine the extent to which their classification as to the various humor types and functions matched mine.
c. At the third level a quantitative count of utterances and episodes frequency was conducted and expressed in whole numbers and percentages for the various types and function of humor respectively.