How to Be Funny - 7 Easy Steps to Master Jokes, Humor, Stand-Up Comedy, Improv & Make People Laugh! | Dean Mack | Skillshare

How to Be Funny - 7 Easy Steps to Master Jokes, Humor, Stand-Up Comedy, Improv & Make People Laugh!

Dean Mack, Communication Skills Teacher

How to Be Funny - 7 Easy Steps to Master Jokes, Humor, Stand-Up Comedy, Improv & Make People Laugh!

Dean Mack, Communication Skills Teacher

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11 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Introduction - How to Be Funny

    • 2. Chapter 1 - The Importance of Humor

    • 3. Chapter 2 - Take Risks

    • 4. Chapter 3 - Study Comedies

    • 5. Chapter 4 - Practice

    • 6. Chapter 5 - Know When to Be Funny

    • 7. Chapter 6 - Don’t Be Offended

    • 8. Chapter 7 - Master Your Signature Joke

    • 9. Chapter 8 - Have a Little Edge

    • 10. Chapter 9 - Maximize Your Success with These Steps

    • 11. Conclusion - How to Be Funny

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  • Do you only have an arsenal of three old jokes to work with in conversations, and you can't figure out what to say or when to say it in order to be funny?

  • Did you stop counting how many awkward situations you had to endure at a certain point because you tried to make a joke but absolutely nobody laughed?

Don't worry, there are plenty of people that have just the same issue as you do! Being funny really isn't an easy thing, but this guide "How to Be Funny" will make it so much easier you will start wondering why everyone can't stop laughing around you!

The course covers a total of 9 topics on how to master comedy and become funny to other people. It will teach you everything you need to know, from the most basic stuff to some advanced techniques, as well as tips on how to adapt in the future.

It's a scientifically proven fact that women are much more attracted to men with a good sense of humor - and this goes the other way around, too! That being said, it's crucial to have a good sense of humor in order to be attractive to the opposite sex, as well as be able to create a good atmosphere in any company. Unfortunately, some people don't have an inherently good sense of humor, but, good news is - you can learn how to be funny, and it's really easy! This guide does a great job at this, and in no time you'll find yourself slinging well-placed and funny jokes left and right!

What Makes This Course Different from Others in the Same Category?

Most courses that you can currently find address this problem by either giving you practically pre-made templates on how to make jokes, or just giving you a few examples of jokes that you can do. There is also the other end of this spectrum - there are guides that are completely theoretical, and in which you can get lost for hours without getting any idea on how to implement all that information. This guide finds the optimal ratio of these two aspects, and gives you just enough background knowledge and information, as well as providing you with tips and tricks to make your practical implementations effortless.

Here's What You'll Learn:

  • Why humor is important, as well as when it's appropriate to use it.

  • The importance of taking risks in order to learn what type of humor fits different people and situations.

  • How to study, learn and practice being funny.

  • How to find the optimal moment to be funny, and the optimal moment not to.

  • How to make your signature joke that you will have as a plan B wherever you go.

  • How to balance the edginess of your jokes depending on the people you're with and the current atmosphere.

  • How to combine everything you've previously learned for maximum effectiveness.

Being funny has never been easier - make sure to make the most out of the opportunities that this course will provide, because there will be a lot of them!

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Dean Mack is the teacher of the "Communication Skills: The Right Way" course series. He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Black Ltd. and writes a popular blog on improving Social Skills. Mack turned to teaching several years ago to fulfil his life dream of educating students on the topic of Social and Communication Skills. He lives in New York City.

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1. Introduction - How to Be Funny: introduction. This guide was designed to help you master the art of humor. Humor has been said to help people in many ways. Not only does it make you more approachable and personal for people you communicate with, but it can actually have many benefits for yourself as well. Having a strong sense of humor has been known to help people cope with physical and mental challenges that they may face in life such a stress or other ailments. It helps bring light to otherwise difficult situations and can increase the positive experiences shared between yourself and others. Laughing, which is often as a result of humor, is also known to have many positive benefits for people's health. Having a strong sense of humor can benefit you in many powerful ways. For some, however, being funny does not come easily or naturally. If you find that you struggle to be funny cramps, because you tend to take things too seriously or you simply can't bring yourself to do it. This guide will help you overcome that. These seven steps will help you identify how you can become funnier and teach you the way to achieve that in your life as a result, you will be able to drive all the social and personal benefits they come from being a funnier person. 2. Chapter 1 - The Importance of Humor: Chapter one. The importance of humor, though this guy is about learning to be funnier. Why don't we take a moment to understand why a sense of humor is so important for us? Sometimes a great way to help yourself come out of your shell is to understand how powerful humor can be when you realize what a positive impact it can have in your life and the lives of others. It could be easier for you to stop viewing comedy and humor from a negative and fearful standpoint and start viewing it as a positive and healthy trade. Funny people are more likeable. People love being in a good mood and feeling positive about themselves in their life. Laughing as a result of someone being funny is a great way to get in a good mood. Therefore, if you want a funny person, you're much more likely to be liked by the people around you. When you make people laugh and make them feel happy, you are much easier for them to be around, which makes you far more likable than someone who struggles to understand humor and his intense or overly serious all of the time. Funny people are detail oriented. Believe it or not, people who are funny tend to be more focused on the details. Think of it this way. Making a really good joke is not easy. The best ones air spontaneous meaning You cannot come up with them in advance. There's no opportunity to prepare your simply given a moment and you take it. This means that if you tend to be a funnier person, you are likely great at paying attention to details. Studies have shown that some of the funniest jokes that people tell are focused on very minor details or a very specific part of a phrase that someone says This means that someone who is generally considered funny cannot only identify that particular detailer phrase, but they can also quickly come up with a witty or otherwise humorous response to it. As a result, they're both more detail oriented and quicker thinkers. Comedy and humor sets the foundation for bonding, as we have already discussed. Funny people make people happy. People laugh there in the lighter and better mood, and they feel more positive when funny people are present. This also opens them up and sets the tone for bonding when you can laugh as a result of what someone says, you tend automatically feel as though this person understands you on some deeper level. This feeling of someone relating to and understanding you is something that often helps most people feel closer to someone else. Therefore, when you were funny, you make it far easier for people to bond with you. A great way to use this to your advantage is in business. If you're looking to close a business deal, start by opening with a quick little joke that everyone will understand. When people feel closer to you like this, they're far more likely to want to agree with you and do business with you. You can have a highly positive impact on your success in business. It can also help you be more successful with making friends with fitting into new situations and with finding alliances in new places. Funny people are always invited. One fund little benefit of being the funny person is that funny people are nearly always invited to all functions because they're funny, know how to lighten the mood and are likable. People want them around more. This means they're more likely to be invited to parties, social gatherings and other events that are taking place. Funny people are the life of the party. They often get everyone relaxed and in a good mood, spread the positive vibes and make things feel more comfortable and enjoyable. People want them around because they're great at making their gathering or event more enjoyable for their attendees, therefore, making it a greater success. This is a major benefit when it comes to business. Especially a good sense of humor is a great networking tool. By getting yourself invited to places, you can easily use your humor to bond with people and increase your network. If you were really good at it, you will leave a lasting impression, and people will be excited to call on you for their business needs. People are more productive when humor is involved. Stress is one of the biggest productivity killers. Stress can be caused in many ways to feeling uncomfortable, pressured out of place or otherwise. At odds with the task you are faced with can be stressful. This means that you are far less likely to get as much done, meaning you are not as productive. Having a lighthearted sense of humor can boost your mood as well as the moods of those around you. As a result, everyone is likely to feel much less stressed, and therefore they will be more productive because there later spirits. It is easier for them to stay focused, feel accomplished right from the start. And we're tirelessly with a can do attitude. If you want yourself or your team to be more productive, try increasing your sense of humor and bringing it to work with you. People are more trusting of funny people when someone could make you laugh and make you feel as though they understand you, you're much more likely to trust them. Therefore, if you are capable of making other people laugh, they're more likely to trust you. If you want to establish trust with people such as new friends, business associates or even people you are negotiating with trying using a sense of humor, warm them up, make them feel connected to you and use humor to set the grounds for trust. Not only will this make people trust you more, but it will also speed up the relationship building process. This could make natural friendships bloom faster and could make business dealings come to fruition quicker as well. Humor relieves stress and boost creativity in addition to making people more productive. Relieving stress also makes people more creative, since your sense of humor is a great tool to use when you were trying to relieve people of stress. You can also call on it when you want people to be more creative, calling your sense of humor, cracked jokes and lighten the mood. When you have watch, everyone's attitudes transform, and they're more open, receptive and creative about the task at hand. You can use this in your friend circle or even with business associates or employees, to increase what they bring to the table at work. Humor is a fast and easy way to reduce stress, so don't be afraid to use this tool to your advantage. 3. Chapter 2 - Take Risks: Chapter two take risks. People struggle to be funny because they're afraid of taking risks in humor. Taking risks is the best opportunity to discover jokes that are actually funny. This technique gives you the opportunity to learn more about what types of jokes air well received and what kinds aren't. If you ever pay attention to any major comedians, you will notice that there often big risk takers when they're telling jokes. This is how they confined new content, reach new heights in their comedy, create brand new and incredible jokes that have not already been told by other people. Lower your expectations. The first step to taking risks when you are learning to be funny is to start by lowering your expectations. A large reason why people are afraid of taking risks is that they don't want to be misunderstood or judged for the joke they have told. By keeping the joke to themselves rather than sharing it, they protect themselves from potential rejection that they may face from their peers for sharing a joke that may not be well received. This may protect them, but it also stops them from being considered funny. Lowering your expectations mean sharing jokes. Regardless of what the potential outcome may be. When we tell jokes, especially when we're taking risks with their humor, there is always a strong chance that the joke won't work out. It may not be understood where some people may not know how to interpret it without slightly judging you for the content. In fact, some people may judge you allowed based on what you have recently said. If you share your humorous jokes without the need for everyone to laugh for you to feel successful, it becomes a lot easier to share it without concern for how people receive it. Limitations. Now there's some limitations when it comes to taking risks with comedy. Many people think that there aren't, but there truly are. The limitations are often based on your environment, the people you are communicating with and other people in general, For example, you would now want to be sharing humorous jokes that played on racial stereotypes, and in an environment such as your work or another professional environment, you would also never want to share overly racist or sexist jokes that could have an underlying air of meaningless to them. Although some of the best jokes are arguably the crude ones that step outside of the box of common societal standards. You never want these jokes to get you into trouble. You also don't want to hurt the people you are communicating with. If you choose to use this type of humor than refrain from sharing it openly with just anyone, instead, share it with the people who would understand you and already know about your existing beliefs so that they can tell you you are being funny and that you are not actually trying to be harmful to any particular group of people. Otherwise, leave it to the professional comedians who build their entire persona off of their jokes. Another element to the statute of limitations around taking risks is your environment. If you were in in professional environment, you always want to err on the side of caution and avoid using jokes that are overly risque . You don't want to be saying anything that could be taken wrong or could compromise your integrity with the company. Even if you think someone would understand the joke, be careful. You want to make sure that you are mindful of everyone in the surrounding area and how they may interpret the joke before sharing it if it comes to something such as your livelihood on the line, instead of sharing risque jokes at work, look to share ones that are more innocent and dry. Take risks in different ways, such as going out on a limb to put a pun together or put an innocent play on words. Even if you don't get a lot of laughs, people will still likely consider you to be funny. Aside from the limitations around being risky, it is important to understand the different types of results you may get from being risky with your humor. As you've already learned. The biggest reason people aren't riskier is that they don't want to be misunderstood, judged or rejected as a result of their humorous attempts. Well, this may very well happen. It is often unlikely unless you are telling inappropriate jokes that a rude or otherwise offensive to the people around you. Just because you may not be the type of person to get easily offended does not mean that the people you were communicating with are the same way. Other potential outcomes include people smile at your joke, people laugh at your jokes where people share your joke with others and spread the joy around. No, I understand that not all jokes have the same effect on people. Just because someone only smiles or finds the joke clever doesn't mean they don't like it. Instead, it simply means the joke wasn't ha ha funny to them. Alternatively, they may snicker or even full out laugh at your jokes. Finally, if they really like it, they may even adopt the joke themselves and share it with people they know. Consider all of these good outcomes as they mean that the person you have shared the joke with enjoyed your sense of humor. There's a saying that goes, There is no such thing as a bad joke. This saying implies that you should never hold back a joke for fear of rejection. Instead, share every joke that comes to you. By doing this, you ensure that you never limit yourself from having great success with sharing a joke. You cannot be considered funny if you never take a crack at actually being funny. So don't hold bank unless your joke is absolutely and completely inappropriate for the present situation. 4. Chapter 3 - Study Comedies: Chapter three study comedies. This may seem a little intense for learning to be funny, but studying comedies is a great way to learn how to increase your sense of humor and have a greater ability to be funny. Comedians literally make a living off of being funny, so you can assume that they know a thing or two about it. By studying comedies, you give yourself the opportunity to see how the professional comedians make their jokes and what is so funny about them. You can also learn what type of comedy you like on what type you aren't so keen on when you were studying comedies. Here's some things you can pay attention to the joke's themselves. Obviously, you want to pay attention to the actual jokes being told by the comedian. Take the time to understand why the jokes are funny, how they are structured and what content is within the jokes. Jokes are funny for different reasons, and they're funny on different levels as well. There are short one liners and longer story style jokes. Understanding each type and how they work is a good way to discover how you can use these in your own life. Pay attention to how the comedian changes the jokes, too. They don't typically stand on stage and blurred out several one liners over and over. Instead, the entire said is usually built in some form of storyline that they have created based on the jokes they have. Each unique joke will be a different length and contribute more information to the overall story. While you are not likely to be on set and sharing storyline jokes such as the comedians are , it will give you an idea of how you can flow between different lengths and connect them together in a conversation. For example, you may learn how you can use a story style joke in the beginning and then later in the conversation at In a one lighter that elaborate on the joke you told previously, Using different lengths of your jokes is a good way to stop yourself from becoming predictive and potentially even annoying. For me. They're always using short one liners. We're going into elaborate jokes every time. Of course, you always want to pay attention to the content of the jokes, too. Learn to discover what content you like. What content is openly accepted by people in which audiences prefer which type of content understanding these different levels of content will help you when it comes to timing your jokes. It will also help you discover your own style of humor, as we all tend to have slightly varying styles. Choosing one that is unique to you will not only make you funny, but it will also help you stand apart from other people with your unique sense of humor. Body language, body language accounts for a large portion of our ability to communicate effectively with other people. Using her body language. We can convey what mood we're in and what our intentions are around what we're saying out loud. Naturally, comedians use body language when conveying their jokes. Studying the body language that they use is agree wayto learn how they use their movements to truly convey what they're trying to say. When you were studying the body language of comedians, you will notice that there are two types of comedians, those who use elaborate body language and move around a lot for their jokes, and those who use smaller and more intentional gestures. Those who are elaborate Tim to take up a lot of space on the stage, use props and sometimes even act out parts of the joke to really increase the humorous level to it all. Those who move around less generally, you small but very intentional movements that drive the point home pay attention to how each of these unique body language styles contributes to the jokes themselves, as well as how it makes the comedian look. For some, the elaborated gestures make the jokes far funnier and more enjoyable. If you were in a situation where this is acceptable, such as a party or another form of casual social gathering, you may choose to use elaborated gestures in your own humor as well. If you do pay attention to how they use thes gestures, in many instances, thes gestures seem to have no limit. Many comedians will even get on the floor and flop around if it means they can increase the humor in their joke practice, using more elaborated and grand gestures in your own jokes so they could get the hang of it and make use of it when the occasion permits. You also want to pay attention to how the smaller gestures air used when it comes to conversational humor, these tend to be more commonly accepted. For example, at work, you likely don't want to be flopping around on the floor to contribute to the humerus element of your joke. So learning to use these smaller and more intentional gestures is a great way for you to learn how you can use your body to increase your humor level in various situations, where you need to be more presentable and calmer for the occasion. Both forms of body language contribute greatly to the levels of humor that could be conveyed by you. The joke teller understanding how they work when they are each acceptable and how you can make use of them with your own jokes is important to increasing how funny you are tone of voice. In addition to using body language to convey ourselves to other people, we also use our tone of voice. Naturally, your tone of voice when you're being funny is far different from your tone of voice when you are being serious, unless, of course you're using sarcasm. Then you may keep your tone of voice completely serious and let the joke speak for itself. Even in that circumstance. However, you are still using your tone of voice to contribute to your job, to learn how the tone of voice can help you with your sense of humor. Study Hell Comedians use their voices. They often throw them razor, lower their pitches or even make use of funny accents or voices to get their jokes across. Pay attention to how they use each of these unique tones to make their good jokes. Great jokes notice when they raise their voice when they lower it, and how the different tones all contribute to how funny a joke is When we were joking, Keeping a monotonous voice is a good way to take away from the experience of your job. People may get lost and how boring your voice sounds and not realize that you are, in fact, trying to be funny. Instead of having your impact loss due to a lack of understanding of how your voice plays into it. Study in practice. This part one could exercise to use when you were studying. How the tone of voice works with jokes is to say the same joke in many different tones. Say it in a serious tone in a happy tone in humorous tone in a questioning tone and even in an angry tone, the more tones you try, the better each time you say it. Notice how differently the joke comes across for increased impact. Record yourself on a voice recorder when you were saying the jokes. That way, you can easily understand how the tone of voice impacts the entire joke. You'll likely find that different jokes work better with different tones. Just because you were trying to be funny does not mean that you need to be using a humorous tone. Instead. Some jokes, maybe even funnier. If you use an alternative emotion in the tone of voice, pay attention to the different emotions comedians put behind different jokes and notice what it does for the joke itself. Then try practicing that in your own life with your own jokes. The comedians perspective on themselves. Every good comedian can maintain a sense of humor. Even when talking about themselves during their skits, you'll often see them making fun of themselves and playfully joking about themselves. One of the reasons this is so important is because it helps keep the perspective of the comedian lightened gentle Furthermore, it adds to the humor of the show. Another reason why keeping a lighthearted sense of humor toward yourself is important is because it helps keep you from taking yourself too seriously. If you will recall in Chapter One, we talked about eliminating the expectations on what you want. The outcome from your jokes to be like one great way that you can remove these expectations and the fear of rejection is to stop taking yourself so seriously by regarding yourself in a lighthearted manner. Such is by having a sense of humor about yourself. You make it much easier for you to maintain this lighthearted sense of humor toward yourself if and when other people take you too seriously, too. Remember, some people are not going to understand your jokes, and others may even judge you for the jokes he choose to use by intentionally taking away the pressure and refusing to take yourself too seriously. You make it much easier to stop yourself from worrying about if and when other people take you too seriously as well. When you were studying this part, pay attention to how and when comedians use this part of their humor, often this part is used almost like a shield to protect themselves from their audience. For example, they use a particularly risque joke. They may poke fun at themselves to lighten the mood, the service in two ways. First, by showing the audience that they shouldn't take the comedian too seriously surrounding the joke. Second, it allows the audience to get a small peek into how the comedian actually feels about that topic. For example, see, a comedian makes a joke about racial stereotypes. Perhaps, she says, I'm such a typical white girl hearing him with a pumpkin spice latte in one hand and iPhone on the other and Ugg boots on my feet. I even have one of those knitted white tuks on with the pom pom on the end at this point. Just kidding, don't he? Me white girls, I love you, I really do, especially because you make my comedy act just that much better here. The comedian was able to tell a story and use racial stereotypes as an opportunity to heighten the humor in the joke. However, sometime after she got to the punch line and was closing the joke, she would say the second part here she shows that she loves to make fun of white girls stereotypes, but also that she isn't actually prejudice towards white women. This means that if there were any easy to offend individuals in her audience, she gave them a quick insight into their actual opinion about white girls stereotypes. This can go further to some comedians will even talk in the third party, saying things like, Oh, I know you're thinking right now you're thinking, Oh, Kevin, you're such a jerk And you know what? Yeah, I am a jerk. I know it. You know it. Let's move on now here Kevin poked fun at himself while staying lighthearted and also expressed his position to his audience. One very important element of being able to be funny is knowing how to poke fun at yourself . People who cannot stay humorous toward themselves end up taking themselves too seriously. Then, because they do, they put far too much emphasis on the outcome of their jokes which, as you know, stirs up the fear around the entire subject of being funny in the first place. Their audience, when you were studying comedians always take a moment to study who is in their audience as well. Most comedians have their own unique audience. Would you often see through close up shots during the filming of their acts? Paying attention to their audience gives you an idea of who their unique jokes appeal to. Most. Notice as much about the demographics as you can do. They tend to be well dressed. Business folk in an upscale setting are the everyday full. Is there more particular culture, a race that seems to be present more than any others? What age ranges the audience? Getting a clear idea of who is in the audience and comparing that to the jokes being told is a great way to get an insight as to what types of jokes appeal. Which people that way, when you were in front of your own audience, whether it be a cashier or barista or people in the lunch room at work, you know that what they're more inclined to laugh at, you can then tell your jokes to suit your audience, which is something that most successful comedians are excellent at, whether you personally like it or not. In addition to paying attention to the comedy act itself, pay attention to your own reactions towards it. What did you like about it? What did you not like about it? Understanding your own stance on various elements of the axe you watch is a great way to help you define your unique sense of humor. For example, do you tend to enjoy risque jokes, or do you not like them? Are you more into dry humor, wordplay or funny stories? What makes you enjoy the comedy most building Your unique sense of humor is important in helping you stand apart. You can do so by taking the elements of various comedians that you enjoy and putting them together to create your own unique sense of humor. For example, perhaps you like of Kevin Hart uses its tone of voice, but you prefer how Chelsea Handler is more cool and sarcastic with her sense of humor. You know, then, that your own unique sense of humor should include cool sarcasm mixed with a touch of emotional tone. He'll create your own style. Believe it or not, having your own style isn't only important. If you want to be a comedian with a real audience, it also helps with virtually any type of humor you may want to use, including conversational humor and other more casual forms of humor. Moving away from generic forms of humor tends to make you even funnier because people aren't already used to the jokes you're using. Instead of using generic jokes that you've likely heard, you will be more likely to say new things that keep them on their toes and prevent you from becoming predictable. 5. Chapter 4 - Practice: Chapter four practice. As with any skill, practicing your ability to be funny is important. There are many ways that you can practice, including in everyday life and through intentional and planned practice sessions. Practicing being funny is the best way to build your sense of style, test your audience, discover what people like most and generate new jokes that will keep people laughing when they listen to you. Let's explore some of the many opportunities you have to practice your sense of humor at work. Naturally, one of the best places to practice your sense of humor is at work. Since you likely spend a great deal of time here, practicing your jokes and your co workers is a great way to build your sense of humor. Not only that, but also lighten the mood at work and increased people's perceptions of you. They will no longer think of you is dry and potentially far too serious. Instead, they will think of you as witty and funny. This can improve the relationships you experience with co workers and bosses. As long as you use your sense of humor properly, remember at work you want to be more censored with your jokes while taking risks is still valuable. You don't want to see anything that may be viewed as offensive to your audience, especially in professional settings. You need to be more cautious of how you use your sense of humor. Try and use word plan jokes that are not based on sexism, racial stereotypes or anything else with a potentially offensive or harmful nature. The only time when this limitation may be elevated is if you were in a private setting and you were around co workers who are also your friends because you were closer to them. They will be clearer on the nature of your joke, and we'll know whether or not you actually intend to be offensive. Since they already know you, they will be less likely to take personal offense to your joke. Therefore, eliminating any potential consequences you may face if you are not otherwise careful when it work. There are many opportunities to test your sense of humor, trying to know when you were chanting with people throughout the day. If a situation arises and you see the opportunity for a joke, such as when the printer experiences a paper jam or someone makes a mistake. Take the opportunity and see what happens. More. You get to know how your co workers respond to your sense of humor. The easier it will be to make jokes around them that they will genuinely enjoy on friends and family, friends and family. Provide a great opportunity to take all limits off your sense of humor and openly test out any jokes you may have because they know you so well and you know them so well. You were both on the same page. When you make a joke, this is true. No matter what the subject is. Of course, if you have a friend or family member who is particularly sensitive to a specific subject, you may still want to avoid that subject around them. To prevent your joke from being taken wrong, However, you can typically open up on the ones you were close with and share your sense of humor with them. Look for opportunities during the conversation when they make mistakes where you make a mistake when you see something that is funny or strange, or at any other time that feels natural and authentic for the moment. If a joke comes to mind and you know the person you are with won't be upset or hurt by the joke. Make it. Friends and family offer the best opportunity for you to test your jokes because they're less likely to harshly judge you for them. If you make a bad joke that is truly not funny. After has been set out loud, they're less likely to hold it against you or consider you to be the weird guy in accounting after you make it. Instead, they might joke about the joke you attempted, but they won't change. Reform their opinion on you based on your joke at local comedy clubs. Local comedy club Zahra Green Opportunity to test out your sense of humor, especially if you are looking to gauge your abilities in front of an audience. Now, if you're the kind of person who is particularly fearful of audiences in public speaking engagements, this may be harder for you. However, getting up in front of an audience and sharing your jokes with them is a great way to stop taking yourself so seriously and test your jokes out. Local comedy clubs exist in almost every community, and they're a perfect chance for you to get up in front of an audience and have some fun, even if you only do it once. It is a great experience. Plus, you might even find that you like it and want to do it again if you find that you don't get the confidence to get up on stage. But you at least bring yourself to the club. You can also take it as an opportunity to learn how other people enjoy humor and what types of jokes were successful in which weren't. In other words, you can have a night of entertainment while also studying comedy so that you could take your skills out into the world with you. With strangers you meet every day you come across many people who are the perfect candidates for you to practice your sense of humor on baristas, cashiers, the people waiting in line with you and in many other places. While it may not always be the perfect opportunity to practice your sense of humor, it doesn't mean you can't give it a try. If the opportunity does arise, don't be afraid to take it just because you don't know the person making a complete stranger laugh is a great way to boost your self confidence, to make telling jokes even easier in the future. In chance encounters, every single person has given random and chance encounters that are perfect for testing your humor. Rod, for example, Maybe you were at the grocery store, and you accidentally drop something when someone is next to you. This is a great opportunity to practice your sense of humor by playfully making fun of yourself and your mistake. You will likely come across many random opportunities, such as this one, where you can practice your sense of humor on the people around. You. Don't pass up an opportunity just because you're nervous or you do not know the person next to you. Make it a fun experience that you both share together, even if you will never see each other again, the more you practice building your sense of humor at every opportunity you get these year will be for you to be funny. Not only will your self confidence grow, but your knowledge around how to be funny in general will grow also as a result of seeing people's expressions and how they respond to your jokes. how the joke made you feel and what techniques you were able to use to make the joke even better, you will gain experience that will inevitably help you become much funnier overall. 6. Chapter 5 - Know When to Be Funny: Chapter five know when to be funny. While you were in the process of mastering how to be funny, look for opportunities to learn more about timing your jokes. There are times when you should be funny in times when humor is now warranted for the situation. Knowing the difference between these circumstances and timing your jokes accordingly is a powerful way to ensure that you were appropriate for the occasion and that when you do share them, your jokes are far more likely to be well received. There are three types of occasions you should know about when it comes to humor. Those were humor is not warranted at all. Those were light. Humor is acceptable and those where you could be as funny as you desire to be. Let's take a look at each of these unique circumstances, including how you can tell what the mood calls for jokes that are appropriate for each situation and how the timing effects the quality of your joke when you shouldn't be funny when you were learning to be funny, one particular situation you need to be extremely mindful of is when not to be funny. While building a sense of humor is admirable. Not every situation warrants humor. If you were funny when the mood does not call for it, there's a good chance that your humor will not be well received. It may cause people to judge you, consider you to be incapable of being serious or even consider you to be heartless or thoughtless. Humor is not meant to be something that makes people judge you or like you less. Therefore, you want to make sure that you are not using it at entirely inappropriate times. Here are some examples of when the mood would not call for humor Serious work situations. E g. Having a sensitive conversation with your boss or employee during serious business negotiations and meetings. Certain personal events. Funerals when someone is hurt, Joking about divorce when someone is currently feeling the pain from their own divorce. Unless you were close to that person and know for sure that they will appreciate the joke as a shield against vulnerable situations, E g. A romantic partner wants to discuss your future, and you use humor to avoid the topic. Using humor at the wrong time could make you seem juvenile or incapable of taking things seriously. There are certain situations where people expect all parties involved to be serious and genuine. Using humor during these times can result in you making the situation uncomfortable and causing for people to become upset with you. A good rule of thumb is that if you were at all doubting how well received your humor will be because of the situation itself, and not merely because of your own uncertainty or fear of embarrassment, avoid humor. While there's some instances where you may simply be afraid of the joke not being received , as we have previously discussed, there are many others where jokes would not be well received because of the circumstances, and not necessarily because it was a bad joke. One of the most important parts of being funny is knowing when to be funny. Take care to work on practicing this particular skill. When you're building your sense of humor, this will ensure that you build it properly and that your sense of humor does not become a fault. When light humor is acceptable, there's certain circumstances where, like humor is acceptable, but full blown humor is not. These circumstances vary and often depend on who isn't involved in the situation as opposed to the person themselves. For example, say you get into a fender bender. If you're with someone such as a business associate, you don't know well. Making fun of the situation may not be ideal, however, if you're with a friend and no one is seriously injured, cracking a joke at someone's driving skills may be acceptable. Determining whether light humor is acceptable or not can be done by knowing how close we are to the person or people you are surrounded by. If you are not very close to them and you doubt yourself, it is best to stay on the safe side and avoid making any jokes. If you were close to the person, however, and you know that they would understand your sense of humor, cranking like jokes that the situation is likely acceptable when it comes to light humor, avoid using anything too heavy. Jokes based on race, sex and even culturally based jokes are often inappropriate in these circumstances. Again, use your best judgment based on the situation and who you're with. If you know them well enough that you know that he will receive the joke properly. You were likely find to go ahead and make it. If you don't don't risk it when you could be as funny as you wish. Some situations have no limit on the amount of humor you can use for these circumstances. You're not required to hold back because there is no reason to. They're typically no heavy emotions involved in these situations, which is one good indicator that it is perfectly acceptable time to unleash your jokes. No one is arguing. You're not in the middle of an important emotional conversation, and you are not in a place such a someone's funeral, where excessive humor would be completely inappropriate because you were in the right place . You could make almost any joke you want. Here's some examples of places that you could be funny as you wish parties and casual social gatherings comedy clubs in the break room, with friends on the phone with someone you are close to during any other casual, non serious events or gatherings. In addition to these three levels of situations you are likely to be involved in, there are a few other things you need to consider when it comes to determining whether the timing is right for a joke. The following will help you determine if the joke you want to make is acceptable for the situation or not your audience. First, you need to consider your audience. Who are you telling the joke, too? How well do you know this person or these people? If you were telling the joke to someone you know well, there's a good chance that you can confidently gauge whether or not the joke will be well received. However, if you were talking to an audience of people you don't know well, you need to censor your content. If you're talking to an audience, you don't know well. But they have made it clear that they're not offended by the topic of the joke you wanna share. Then you were likely find to share it. It is important, though, that you always know that the person will be able to take the job properly. If there is any chance that you could seriously offend the person you are sharing, the joke with it is likely best that you hold back and don't share it. You never want your joke to come out as insensitive, cruel or even hateful. If you want to share a racial stereotype joke, for example, make sure the person you are about to share it with isn't someone who may be offended or hurt by the joke you were sharing. Never cracked jokes at the expense of someone else's happiness. If there's any way that your joke could hurt someone than it is no longer a joke, instead it becomes a case of bullying. Even if you never intended to hurt someone, you might. If you are not careful, always be cautious about who is in your audience. How will you know them? And whether or not your joke could potentially hurt them in any way the content of a joke Keep in mind the content of a joke when you're sharing it. Some people may not understand jokes at all. While it is perfectly fine to take risks, you might want to avoid making jokes that would completely fly over someone's head. For example, say the situation you are in calls for light humor and you want to make a joke about a movie you've seen. If the person you are joking with has never seen that movie, there's a good chance they will not get the reference at all because you were in a situation where extensive humor isn't allowed. It may not be acceptable for you to then elaborate on the meaning of the joke and why it is funny in the first place. Instead of being funny, you might make the situation uncomfortable or otherwise awkward. You can avoid this by ensuring that the content of the joke is something that your audience is likely to understand in some situations, particularly those where you can share as many jokes as you want. Making jokes others wouldn't understand is likely to be completely fine. You may have to explain yourself, but it should not make the situation extremely awkward or uncomfortable. Your environment always be mindful of where you are when you're making jokes, not just who you were with. You want to make a joke that maybe risque. It is important that you were in an environment where someone will not potentially over here your joke and become offended. Remember, just because they're not the person you are talking directly to, does not mean that they are not part of your audience. If they can hear you, for example, let's see her at a funeral for someone you hardly knew With a close friend of yours, your friend also hardly knew the person whose funeral you were at. You may come across a joke. You want the share, but based on where you are at, it may not be acceptable to share it. Instead of letting the joke out when you are in a room filled with grieving people who wouldn't understand, you may have more success if you say it discreetly, such as If you wait until you are alone elsewhere and you share the joke. You want to ensure that you're not offending anyone in your environment or otherwise. Being insensitive to the people in your surroundings when you're sharing a joke is this could be just as harsh as sharing an offensive joke directly with an audience of people. Remember, you never want to be hurtful towards others in your humor 7. Chapter 6 - Don’t Be Offended: Chapter six. Don't be offended if you're going to develop a sense of humor. Also, take the time to learn how to stop being offended by jokes. You here. You may not be a person who tends to be offended by much, and if that is the case, then you are already well on your way. However, if you were the kind of person who tends to be offended by a large number of things, you will want to learn to let go of that. Just because your humor is not something that would offend you doesn't mean that it won't be met with humor that you might find offensive. Learning to be less offended by things means you can stop taking situation so seriously and enjoy the humor in them, even though you want to reduce your tendency of being offended. Overall, this does not mean that you cannot still feel sensitive towards certain subjects. After all, you are entitled to your own thoughts, opinions and perception on reality. Therefore, if someone says something offensive around you or toward you, you're not expected to not feel any level of offense towards, said common or joke. The key is in your reaction or response to the joke. Let's look at this in greater detail, starting with why you should not be so offended when it comes to humor why you should not be offended. Being offended by someone's jokes can be frustrating, especially if you are all simply trying to enjoy yourselves. However, just because you were offended does not necessarily mean you need to express yourself about your offense. When you find that you were the kind of person who is easily offended by things, you make it difficult for people to be comfortable around you. When you share your sense of humor with them, they may be scared to share. There's with you in case you turn their joke into something serious. This could make situations uncomfortable. It can even lead you to having a reduced sense of humor, since everyone around you seems to be so serious all the time, spending too much time, being offended by things can be frustrating and downright stressful. It can damage your relationships with people and stop them from ever Lansing around you for fear of hurting your feelings. Instead of spending time with you, they will spend time with someone else who is less likely to make them feel bad for having their own sense of humor. Another reason you want to avoid being offended all the time is that many of the best jokes have some form of offensive undertone. For example, we referred to the category of stereotypical racial jokes a few times in this guide. These jokes are often extremely funny, especially when everyone takes the time to realize they're a joke. However, some people may choose to take offense to them, and therefore the joke becomes hurtful or hateful. Defense often takes the Joe completely out of context, typically going overboard on the underlying meaning. In many circumstances, the joke teller was simply using an opportunity to be funny by turning it into something hateful or mean. The listener then makes it seem as though the a person was intentionally being rude. This ruins the entire mood and turns an innocent joke into a problem when a problem should have never started. Now, naturally, there's some jokes that are going to be offensive. For example, a racial stereotypical joke that had something mean to it, calling someone a derogatory name and calling it a joke for example, would not be funny. That is, bullying that is attempting to be disguised as humor. This is a completely different topic that goes beyond the realms of humor, so naturally they do not apply to the don't be offended rule. How to Stop being Offended. It may seem straightforward, but the best way to stop being offended is to choose that you do not want to be offended by jokes. When people are joking, they're generally just trying to be funny. Many jokes touchdown on sensitive subjects, especially since humor is a common coping mechanism for difficult situations and topics. For many people, recognizing that people are genuinely trying to be funny or that they may be extremely uncomfortable in this situation is a great way to reframe it so that you did not feel the need to be offended. By choosing not to be offended, you choose that you are not willing to let the subject of a mere joke hurt your feelings again. This does not apply to bullying that is being disguised as a joke. This is pertaining to true jokes that air simply meant to be funny. You do not want to be the person who takes humor and turns it into something harsh and mean . Instead, be the person who knows how to take a joke and is willing to laugh or at least appreciate a good joke. That way, people will be more likely to appreciate and accept your humor in return. Another thing you should pay attention to is this. Someone else's joke is not a direct attack on you. Therefore, you do not have to treat it like a direct attack on you. You have every right to see a joke for what it is and not let it get personal. By choosing to see a joke for what it is, you eliminate the potentially hurtful element that you add to the situation when you choose to be offended. True jokes are not meant to be hurtful or hateful jabs at someone else. They're simply jokes that are intended to shed light on any given situation when you should verbalize the offense, as we have been touching on there certain times when being offended is completely warranted . Perhaps the joke is something that is mean to you or was intended to be hurtful. If this is the case, it is completely acceptable to verbalize your offense and asked the joke teller to be more sensitive on the subject. When they're talking to you, they're making a racial or cultural joke that you find hurtful. For example, don't be a free to verbalize this. Or perhaps they're making fun of a certain physical feature that you have that you are sensitive about. Don't be afraid to tell them that is an out of bounds subject and that they should not joke about that topic with you. If you feel that they're not respecting your boundaries, never be afraid to take necessary action to end the situation. Leave, tell your boss, or if you feel it is warranted, you can even call the authorities. Protecting your rights is never wrong. 8. Chapter 7 - Master Your Signature Joke: Chapter seven Master your Signature Joe. Every comedian has a signature joke. If you want to be funny, you need to have one, too. This joke gives you the opportunity to have a fallback joke to break the ice, something to share when you're getting to know someone, or even something to tell it. Holiday parties. When everyone is in the spirit for laughter, a good signature joke is a powerful asset, especially when you are learning to be funny. Learning to master this joke not only gives you something to share with others, but it also gives you something to practice all of your joke telling skills on Let's take a look at how you can create and master your signature Joe Choose something genuinely funny since your signature joke is a joke. After all, it is important that you pick something that is genuinely funny. Many people make their signature jokes something that is lackluster and not interesting. Because of their failure to make this important step successful, they find themselves having very little response to their joke. The end up being the person at the holiday party telling their lame joke yet again by the Punch Bowl don't be that person. Choose a joke that is actually likely to make people laugh. Find a way to bring humor into something that has happened to you in your life or to take a generic joke and put a unique twist on it. Your joke. Maybe a one liner or maybe a story that you tell that makes people laugh every time, Whatever it is. Make sure it is something that people can genuinely laugh at, not laugh out of pity. Pick something you know Well, when you're making a joke, your signature joke, you want to pick something, you know Well, this should be a subject or memory that you know clearly. Knowing the subject well means that you are likely to have a strong emotional attachment to it in some way or another, either. You are passionate about the subject where you personally laugh every time you recall the memory. Having some form of emotional attachment to the joke itself makes it significantly easier for you to infuse it with emotion. Because there is already some form of emotional attachment, you can easily spice it up and exaggerate the emotion to make it even funnier. The other important part of knowing the subject well is that it prevents you from telling a joke that you don't fully understand, for example, if you're completely clueless when it comes to computer programming. But you are attempting to tell a joke about computer programming that requires intellect in a certain degree of understanding, there's a good chance that your joke will have holes in it, either. It will not make sense or will address various elements and accurately making your jokes sound uneducated rather than funny. Well, this may be a part of the joke itself. It can also lead to an awkward situation. Instead, try picking something you know. Well, that is easy for you to talk about. Practice it on people. You know, start practicing your signature joke on people you already know. Remember your friends, family and close co workers are more likely to be forgiving if the joke doesn't turn out so well the first few times around. Not only will this help you get to know your joke in a more intimate level, but it will also help you grow more confident in telling your joke. Essentially practicing means that you can easily get used to how you want a word. Your joke. How it sounds allowed in the tone of voice you want to use when you were practicing, refrained from practicing on the same people over and over. If they have already heard the joke, they're less likely to have a positive or humorous response to it the second time around. This means that even if the second time you tell it, you do much better, they will likely not laugh as much as someone else might, because they already knew what to expect. Test it out on different people who are close to you so that the reaction is authentic and honest. Adjust your joke As you practice telling your joke. Make sure you spend some time adjusting it. Look for ways that you could make the joke funnier or that you can get a better reaction out of people. Maybe you can time it differently, share the punch line at a different time, or even change the emotion behind the joke itself so that your tone of voice is different. Play around with it and look to see what way you can maximize the reaction you get from your joke. You May even designed that you like telling the joke in a couple of ways. So you tell it differently, depending on who you're sharing it with and what the circumstances are. Adjusting your joke during the practice phase ensures that you are well versed when it comes to using it out in public. For example, if you have adjusted it and perfected it with your friends and family the first time you use it at work, it is likely to be a great success rather than a joke. You stumble over, adjusted enough that it works and that you build your confidence and telling it, Refine your talent. In addition to adjusting your joke, you need to refine your talent. The joke may be powerful, but if you were no good at telling it, then you may have a problem on your hands. Practice how you express emotion in your own voice. Look for opportunities elsewhere in life, such as in regular conversation recon Practice using different forms of emotion in your voice as well. You can practice your body language. Practicing these types of things elsewhere in life outside of your joke is a great way to make them come more naturally to you. When they do, you will have greater success when you're using these skills with your joke. Using the skills with your joke isn't the only way you will benefit from them, either. In fact, the more you practice these skills in general, the easier it will be for you to make any joke, because you will naturally know how to use your body, language and tone of voice to make a joke work. It will be much easier for you to nail it the first time that it would be. If you didn't practice these skills. Let the joke naturally evolve. Over time, your joke is going to evolve naturally. This will be the result of you adjusting it and refining your skills. Let this happen is this will not only help your joke it better, but it will also help in keeping it. Is your signature joke. Come at it from different angles, tell it in different ways and look for the opportunity to pull different punchlines out of your joke. When you do this, you allow your sense of humor to evolve alongside your joke Naturally, which is also important. Develop a handful of signature jokes. Another step you can use to avoid becoming the person by the punch bowl with the same joke to tell us last year is to develop a handful of signature jokes. If you find yourself pulling on this joke often, it may be time to switch it up. Once you have perfected your initial signature joke, create a few more, practice them, refine them and use them whenever the situation warrants it. Having a handful of jokes will stop you from becoming boring or predictable. It also prevents you from getting too comfortable with one specific sense of humor and therefore not expanding on it. If you get too comfortable with one single joke, you may find that you still struggle with others. Let yourself branch out, step outside of your comfort zone and keep things fresh and interesting by having a few different signature jokes. 9. Chapter 8 - Have a Little Edge: Chapter eight have a little edge. Don't be afraid to have some edge in your comedy. Some of the best comedians touch on sensitive societal subjects in a humorous way. Many people find this to be funny, since often these topics are very heavy and carry many conflicting and painful emotions. By being able to laugh at them. They not only shed light on important subjects, but also help make them easier to talk about. Finally, whether we like it or not, people also tend to find this stuff hilarious. Having an edge in your sense of humor is a great way to increase your skills and have greater success with your talent. Find opportunities to come at things from a unique angle. Don't be afraid to use risque jokes. And if you're comfortable enough joke about things that generally make people uncomfortable , it is not a bad thing to be able to laugh at these subjects. One reason many people don't want to have a little edge in their humor is that they're afraid to show a darker side of themselves. We're often taught to show ourselves in a positive light, so intentionally shining light on our darker sides, could be nerve racking. You might fear what people will think of you or what they might say in response to your joke. Remember bank to Chapter one, where we discussed not being afraid to take risks. Not everyone is going to appreciate your sense of humor, and that is OK. However, as long as you appreciate your sense of humor and you are not intentionally or directly hurting anyone, there is no problem with you having a darker side to your comedy. As we have already mentioned, most famous comedians have this darker side, and it is often the part that people are drawn to the most. Most artists, including entertainers such as those who are interested in comedy, have many positive personality trades to them. They also tend to be hostile and impulsive, according to many studies done by psychologists, these last two treats or something almost everyone experiences, but many don't like to talk about. They're often frowned upon and considered bad in our society. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't talk about them. Shining a light on your own hostile and impulsive thoughts and tendencies is a great way to make yourself relatable and to take the pressure off of a situation when people realize they don't have to censor these natural parts of themselves. They're much more likely to relax around you and enjoy your sense of humor. So don't be afraid to be edgy. Take risks. Dare to share all the risque jokes. And don't send through the part of yourself that we all secretly have inside us. You're not likely to be viewed as horrible, mean or otherwise bad unless, of course, your timing is off. However, in most scenarios, as long as you use the right timing and pay attention to other important elements of the environment and your audience, these jokes should be well received. 10. Chapter 9 - Maximize Your Success with These Steps: Chapter nine Maximize your success with these steps. You have turned to this guide as an opportunity to learn how you can be funnier. You want to have a better sense of humor. You want to learn how to take things more lightly, and you want to be more playful in your life. That is why you're looking to increase your ability to successfully use comedy and conversational humor. After the last seven chapters, you have been introduced to the seven most important steps that you need to know to develop a great sense of humor and become funnier. Toe others. Although each step was explained in detail, you may be wondering how you can drive greater value from this guide. After all, many of these steps are easy to do, but there are also happens to be many steps. 7 may seem small in the grand scheme of things, but trying to remember all of these different tips and points each time you find yourself in a position where humor can be applied will likely kill the mood because you will be so invested in the details and trying to remember what's what you will likely struggle to actually get the joke out effectively. For that reason, we have included this extra chapter to help you with the implementation process. First, it is important that you start small. Don't try and master all seven steps in one go. If you do, you are simply going to get overwhelmed and struggle to effectively. Take advantage of situations where you're given the opportunity to be funny. Instead, pay attention to this guide one chapter at a time. Follow the steps and order and take your time developing them. Use every opportunity you get to practice them and don't move forward until you have mastered each unique step. Once you have mastered one lira, another on top, doing it slowly like this will ensure that you build your sense of humor on a solid foundation that you are not left trying to put all the pieces together with nothing to lay them on. Another thing you need to pay attention to is this. Stop worrying about what other people think. Yes, there are certain situations where you absolutely should not use certain jokes. You do not want to be considered insensitive, rude, offensive or even hateful for a joke you make using the wrong timing. Speaking to the wrong audience. Forwarding yourself wrong can all contribute to your sense of humor being thrown out the window and the situation going horribly wrong. Other than these obvious situations, however, do not be afraid of what other people think. If you have an incredibly dry and juvenile sense of humor, own it. If you are into risque jokes, own it. If you like to tell jokes in the form of stories or make fun of your own life, go for it. Never worry about what other people think of your jokes. Your sense of humor is unique to you, and it should not concern anyone else. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Allow yourself to let go of it when people don't like you and own the jokes you share. Comedians don't abandon their sense of humor for a few disapproving people, and neither should you. 11. Conclusion - How to Be Funny: conclusion. This guide was designed to help you increase your sense of humor and learn to be funnier. Whether you want to master comedy itself, get better with conversational humor or simply make people laugh more, this guide was created to help you out. I hope you were able to learn plenty about the art of comedy through this guide. Through the simple. To follow a seven step process, you're given the only seven steps you need to be a funnier person. Overall, not only will these tips help you become fund your to yourself, but they will also help your humor be better delivered and therefore more well received. I hope that by following each step in mastering them all, you can have a better luck making people laugh and lightening up the mood. There is great value in adding a sense of playfulness to your life, which you learn as you become a funnier person. The next step is to practice being funny, follow the steps in order and master them one at a time. Practice that every chance you have, whether it's with family and friends, co workers or even a stranger at a gas station, you never have to work too hard to find someone who is willing to listen to you. Crack jokes. Most people are looking to smile more, so as long as you are willing to be that person, they will listen. Remember to pay attention to important things, such as who your audience is, where you are. The timing on what the content of your joke is. Ensuring that you keep these aspects properly monitored will prevent you from accidentally hurting someone's feelings. We're turning an otherwise serious situation into something awkward. You don't want people to think you're insensitive or rude because you don't know how to pick the right place in time to have a sense of humor. If everything aligns just right, though, don't be afraid to take risks. See things people are thinking but are free to admit themselves. And don't be scared to honor your personal comedic style. You'll be grateful that you did, and so will the people rolling with laughter as a result of your jokes. Thank you and enjoy cracking jokes and being funny to your friends. Continue to making other people laugh and happy