How to Develop a Good Sense of Humor and Make Others Laugh

Start With a Smile

Even if you fake a smile (making the physical shape with your mouth), it can lead to increased happiness (not just looking happier). This is because the act of smiling (real or fake) causes your body to release feel-good endorphins. Plus, a fake smile tends to lead to a genuine one—and this means that laughter will come more easily, and the stress will melt more readily.

Top 10 Reasons to Smile Every Day

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Conclusion

There are multiple studies going on to predict the factors which trigger humor among different age, gender, and cultures. There might be many reasons for a thing to be funny or not. But developing a good sense of humor will always help you to reach out to people with different mental processes and strengths.

Make It a Game

You can have a "most annoying boss" contest with your friends, or try to count how many times the same potentially frustrating event happens in a day. ("I was cut off in traffic seven times today—I’m almost up to 10.") This works well for predictable or repetitive annoying situations that you can’t control; you can begin to view them in their own special way instead of letting them unnerve you.

14. Think fails and firsts

If you don’t know what jokes to tell, think about your fails and firsts. How was your first day at work? How did you meet your boyfriend/husband for the first time? How did you fail a particular subject when you were in university? How did you fail in driving class?

I believe that every one of us has funny and unforgettable fails and firsts. You just need to recall and pull the stories out when situations call for it.

12. Let the laughter rest

No matter how funny you think you are, you can’t keep the audience laughing without giving them a chance to catch their breath in between jokes. A famous comedian once said, “comedy is tragedy plus time,” and studies have shown that a pause of over a second between punch lines makes a joke significantly funnier for the audience. So the next time you’re telling a joke, remember to let your audience finish their laugh before you continue to the next point.

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Whats the Difference Between a Dry Sense of Humor vs. Sarcasm

People employing a sarcastic sense of humor often use an exaggerated tone of voice to indicate that they are disparaging the subject at hand. 

There can be some crossover with dry humor to produce dry sarcasm if one comments without any emphasis, but sarcasm still possesses distinct traits.

Traits of sarcasm are:

  • A negative or derogatory tone
  • Fake agreement with the subject
  • Often mean spirited
  • Meaning often opposite of actual words

FAQ – Frequently Asked Question on Dry Sense of Humor

What is a Dry Sense of Humor?

A dry sense of humor is the sort of diversion someone has. At the point when an individual with a dry sense humor makes a quip, it isn’t in every case clearly amusing.

Is a dry sense of humor good?

Dry sense of humor is about acceptable observational abilities. Profoundly watch individuals, their mannerisms, and their circumstances.

What is the Difference between dry sense of humor and sarcasm?

Dry sense of humor is just about the dull introduction. There’s more nuance to it. Sarcasm plays into a ton of it yet can extend from dry introduction to additional.

How to Develop Dry Humor?

Perhaps the best quality of individuals with a dry comical inclination is their capacity to perceive any circumstance as a chance to make an absurd.

What to avoid

  • Being sarcastic or derogatory when trying to be jovial.
  • Using jokes that the audience may have difficulty in understanding due to cultural or other differences.
  • Criticizing the audience if they do not laugh.
  • Laughing at your own jokes or announcing in advance that you are about to tell a joke.

Delay the funny

When you have a funny quip or idea or joke, it’s hard not to share it right away. But the best-placed pun is actually at the end. Put the funny part at the end of the sentence. For example, if the fact it’s a cat is the surprise or twist in your story, don’t say, “There was a cat in the box.” Say, “In that box was a cat.” That way, you’re not still talking when the audience is meant to be laughing. This also makes your timing look awesome.

You can watch President Obama doing this here:

An easy way to delay (and replay) the funny is to use callbacks. Callbacks bring together everything in the end. This is where you go back (callback) and reference items that just got a laugh, or create something from items mentioned earlier in the conversation. This can be one of your jokes that worked or something funny or memorable from someone else. Remember, you don’t have to tell a new joke to be funny! 

Now I am going to end on something you know, but don’t want to know: Practice makes perfect. The more you practice your jokes, your stories, and your timing, the funnier you will be. Start small, with a few written jokes, a few casual stories around the water cooler. If you are really brave, sign up for an improv class or offer to write a wedding toast. Your funny is worth it.

With these tips you absolutely can learn how to be funny. I know this because I wasn’t born funny. In fact, I wasn’t funny at all. I am still no comedian. But I can tell you that after analyzing and applying these tactics in my daily conversations, I became a much wittier person. 

I want to give a huge thanks to David Nihill and Siyan Li for these amazing tips. They have more great funny tips to share with you:

David Nihill was asked to give a talk at Google, which he was willing to share. Watch his full presentation here on how to be funnier:

Siyan Li has put together an amazing resource, 5 Exact Lines That Will Make You Funny & Witty Immediately, so you can respond to some of the most common scenarios and questions in a funny way!

Speaking of funny, here are a few jokes where I humiliated myself just for you:

Techniques

Comedians often use what is known as the “rule of three.” In other words, you say two normal things and then something funny. This will be even funnier if it is unexpected. For example, someone asks how your birthday went and you reply “great, thanks, I got a cake, some lovely cards, and moved another year closer to death.” Some even nickname this the “boom, boom, bang” technique. People also use it during wedding speeches: “what can I say about my partner that hasn’t already been said, except that he’s lazy, has no fashion sense and is the love of my life.”

And when you joke, be sharp, quick, and precise. The longer it takes you to make a remark, the less funny it will be. The definition of a bore is someone in love with the sound of his own voice. Unfunny people are the same. They take forever to tell a joke or anecdote because they assume people are fascinated by everything that comes out of their mouth.

In general it is best to avoid jokes or puns. If you are going to tell a joke, make sure it is a good one (nothing is more excruciating than someone making a joke that doesn’t work). As for puns, they only work if used ironically. The British comedian Tim Vine has made a career out of this. But the audience aren’t laughing at the puns, they are laughing at the awfulness of those puns – and Vine is in on the joke (which the audience understand).

Stories are much better. But the anecdote or story should usually be at your expense. The British comedian Ricky Gervais often remarks that wealth and fame make it harder to be funny. After all, how can you joke about bills or public transport when you are a multi-millionaire who takes a private jet? The audience can’t take you seriously. Instead, says Gervais, he has to focus on losing his hair or getting fat.

Pretending to mis-hear is another common technique. For example, someone says “my friend Doug got into Oxford; I can’t believe it” and you reply “well, if my dog had got into Oxford I’d be surprised as well!” As with so much humor, you need to judge the context. Such jokes only work with the right sorts of people. Some will not realize you are joking, others will find it irritating, even offensive. And you need to make it clear that you are joking. If you keep up the pretense for too long, people won’t laugh.

You can also pretend to take offense at something. Again, this works best if the other person knows you are joking. A good example can be found in an interview between Joe Rogan and Russell Brand. Brand makes some remark and Rogan (who is American) laughs at his English accent. Brand pretends to take offense and says “right, I’m noting that as a hate crime.” But if you watch this particular episode, you will see that Rogan knows he is joking from the start. Such mock offense is only funny if the other person knows you aren’t really offended. If they think you are, you merely create tension – and tension kills humor.

Professionals also use something known as the “callback” technique. You can apply this to conversations with your friends. Simply pick up on something they said, maybe something pompous or pretentious, and then refer back to it later in the conversation. You relate it to what you are now talking about, only in a comic and absurd way. For example, your friend says “well, I’d say I’m at the peak of my physical fitness.” Later, when he says “god, I missed my bus last week and had to walk to work,” you can reply “that must have been a breeze, what with you being at the peak of physical fitness.” But be careful. If your friend can take a joke and knows you well, this works. But with someone who takes themselves seriously, it may not. You also need to be careful how you make such jokes. Pitch it wrong and you may sound sarcastic, even aggressive.

As with so many things in life, some are born gifted, others have to learn. The key is practise. And that means socializing with funny people. Just as your conversation skills will improve if you spend time around great talkers, so your humor will be sharpened by hanging out with witty friends.

Use The Rule of 3

At its most basic level, the Rule of 3 establishes a pattern, then ends with something unexpected. For example, I say red, white, and blue. But what if I say red, white, and barf. It’s kind of funny, and your brain perks up because it was an unexpected turn to the Rule of 3.

This breakaway from the pattern created by the first two items builds tension and creates surprise, usually resulting in laughter. Think of it as 1 normal, 2 normal, 3 funny / odd / different.

When you are talking, see if you can give an unexpected answer for 3. This is especially funny in writing. For example,

  • I want to teach you how to be more charismatic, more captivating, and more words that start with c.
  • I love hotdogs, hamburgers, and handsome men.
  • I am so thrilled, happy, and terrified to be here!

You can see some examples from the world of TED here:

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A word of Caution

You are sure to be surrounded by people when you become known as a person with a sense of humor. But you need to exercise the utmost care to ensure that it is not at the expense of others. Poking fun at someone’s physical disability or bad situation is the least desirable.

It is always better to know the place and occasion. For example, it is in bad taste to crack adult jokes in the presence of children. A good sense of humor is that ability to make everyone enjoy and not exclude some people.

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