There’s nothing funny about humor. Tweet This
At least that’s what many comedians think about the subject. It turns out that the route to a person’s funny bone is cerebral and quite strategic.
And the quest for laughter goes through some dangerous territory. All humor makes fun of something or someone. The art of comedy should be handled very carefully, especially in politically “correct” climates.
Almost all presenters like to use humor. But being funny is not easy, especially if you’re speaking about a serious topic.
Detroit’s Metro Times, interviewed several comedians on the art of being funny. Here are their suggestions, along with a few of my own.
Humor tips from the pros
David Dyer describes comedy as “a left turn.”
“You lead the audience down a path and just before they think they know where you’re going, you make a left turn and then you keep taking lefts.”
Michael McDaniel says that telling a joke has to seem like you’re not telling a joke. The anatomy of a joke, according to McDaniel, is a setup, then a punch, followed by something he calls a “tag-twist.”
He offers a bit from his routine as an example.
“I just found out I’m going to be a father… on Facebook.”
The audience laughs, then he adds, “Facebook! I ain’t poking nobody else!”
Comedian, Mike Green, stresses timing.
“My advice is to understand that just because something is funny doesn’t mean it’s the right time to say it.”
Timing is key when it comes to being funny. Watch how the camera man makes the short video below much funnier as I present on the power of video marketing.
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