Supremely Funny: The Funniest Moments from the 2017 Term


• Supreme Court justices have a sense of humor, too

• Bloomberg Law highlights the term’s funniest moments


What do carrot dinners, hopeful boyfriends, and French comedies have in common? They were all the focus of some of the funniest moments at the Supreme Court’s oral arguments this term.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer was the funniest justice this term, according to Boston University School of Law professor Jay Wexler, who measures “[laughter]” at the court—that is, the number of times that a Supreme Court justice’s comments during arguments prompt laughter in the courtroom and it is noted in the transcript. Breyer caused the courtroom to break out in laughter 38 times, according to Wexler.

Bloomberg Law highlights this term’s funniest moments in this Cases and Controversies podcast. And it features plenty of hysterical Breyer moments.

But the podcast also prominently features Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, according to Wexler, only got two laughs this term. Both, however, were deemed among the court’s best by Bloomberg Law.

And be sure to vote for your favorite funny moment at www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFL6GX9.