How to Be Funny 101

One's Logic is Another's Hilarity

Humor is Reality Skewed

Learning to be funny starts with appreciating unusual perspectives. After a while, the things that make you laugh start to alter your own perception and when you describe your reality that way, others start to laugh. Proponents of M-Theory (If you know what that is please visit often, geeks like us need a good sense of humor) anyway, M-theory people (Those of you who are bothered that I didn't capitalize "Theory" the second time should also spend some time here) now as I was saying m-theory (I'm just messing with you now) says that there are eleven---count them---ELEVEN dimensions. Since humor is coming from somewhere out of all our boxes, I thought: Maybe humor is the twelfth. For our first journey into the 12th Dimension, it might be fun to start trying to think like one of the fartherest out there comics I know----Steven Wright.


Trying to Think Like Steven Wright

Here are some of my favorites: (More at my hub with the above title)

I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car.

After they make styrofoam, what do they ship it in?

My house is on the median strip of a highway. You don't really notice, except I have to leave the driveway doing 60 MPH.

I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it's going to be up all night.

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, "Did you sleep good?" I said, "No, I made a few mistakes."

I got up one morning and couldn't find my socks, so I called Information. She said, "Hello, Information." I said, "I can't find my socks." She said, "They're behind the couch." And they were!

I bought some powdered water, but I don't know what to add to it.

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

When I was a little kid we had a sandbox. It was a quicksand box. I was an only child . . . eventually.

Well, you know when you're rocking in a rocking chair, and you go so far that you almost fall over backwards, but at the last instant you catch yourself? That's how I feel all the time.

I got a new shadow. I had to get rid of the other one. It wasn't doing what I was doing.

What's another word for Thesaurus?

My friend has a baby. I'm recording all the noises he makes so later I can ask him what he meant.

There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Will the Real Steven Wright Stand Up

Exaggerating like Dave Barry

After reading the fine print in my hubpage terms agreement, I discovered that I am forbidden to use copyrighted material without permission. I would show you exactly what they said by copying and pasting it here but they haven't given me permission to do that. The Webster's Unabridged Dictionary has also sent me an email telling me that every word in my pages is in their latest volume and therefore unusable. Being the responsible hubber that I am, I will be writing the remainder of this page in Martian hieroglyphics which were given to me in a dream ( totally uncopyrighted of course) and I was assured you will be able to read it because, and I am not making this up, through human eyes the absolutely legal hieroglyphics will look just like Times New Roman.


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Comments 37 comments

JBeadle profile image

JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

Nice! Love the humor. Welcome to the pages! I will come back often as I do know what M-Theory is!!!!


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

Love Steven Wright! Love this hub.

Are you familiar with a comic named Brian Regan?

Check out his UPS bit on YouTube.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Good job here !


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Stan, I know, the dude is seriously skewed, but hilarious-- haven't had the pleasure of hearing Brian but I will look him up right away. Thanks for the tip.

Tony, thanks for visiting. Been meaning to visit yours--watch for Winsome in a hub near you =:)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

love the humor, I can learn from this =) quack quack!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

You've got me beat RE, you already had a reputation as a "straight man" so when you come out with your humorous side you get laughs from both directions. Do you mind if I link this site to your $39.95 one?


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great humor & hub as well....Thanks!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Much obliged Michael, I've been practicing thinking outside the box a lot lately. Today I heard a knock on the box and a voice said: "Cut that out!" =:)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

You certainly got me with "M-theory," winsome; I went to Wiki to look it up. Damn. :)

This is one fantastic and funny hub!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Lol. Thank you lorlie6. I'm glad you liked it. I've been trying to be Mr Renaissance Man and be very proper and diversified in my new hubs, but I think I like humor the best and maybe soon I'll feel I don't have to keep up with Patty Inglish and just write what comes out. =:)

Just in case you see this Patty, that was a compliment. =:)


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Brillant! I absolutely love this Hub! Thanks for writing it!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

You are so welcome Cathi, I would take my hat off to you but somebody burned it in the front yard. Wink Wink =:)


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

This guy is funny in a funny kind of way. His delivery is so laid back which makes him great to watch. I had not heard of this comedian before. Thank you for sharing your hub on how to be funny. So glad you are part of Hubpages.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

You are most welcome Adrienne. It's a pleasure to be a part of such a warm and creative bunch of people. Sorry to be so late finding you, but I'm catching up on your hubs. =:) Thanks for stopping by the neighborhub.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Winsome, thanks for the laughter therapy, gotta laugh and just can't get enough of it. Peace :)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Much obliged Katie. I wrote many hubbically correct hubs after this but I love humor so much I went back to it with my latest and it jumped to number one position in two days. I guess maybe I should listen to my passion huh. So nice to make your acquaintance.


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

great hub.. loved it.. almost inspires me to try Stand up again. the last time was a disaster. half way thru they slid a stool out to me. I got confused..wasn't sure if I was fired or if it was a Challenge round of sit down comedy.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ha ha, I think you should OG, consider the Challenge round stool slid. =:)


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

here's a true story LOL back in 87 or 88 dont remember.. anyway. I called information for something. when they answered Stephen wrights line about socks ran thru my mind so. I ask where are my socks... theres a long pause then the Woman goes.. behind the couch. I laughed so hard I couldn't breath. proves even operators have a sense of humor on occasion.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

OG I'm laughing just thinking about it. Thank you for the story--I'm always messing with the salespeople that call my business or the wrong numbers--everyone has a funny bone somewhere, it's always a delight when you find it. Don't be a stranger...check out "I'm Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas" it still makes me chuckle. =:)


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Lmro... *slumps on the floor*


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey RM, humor is a most redeeming pastime. It can give you perspective even as you see life skewed. =:)


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Yeah! Yeah! I know and that's why I slumped (...lol...) My collection of jokes would soon be out *do me a favour by checking it out when it's published, k?*


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Wouldn't miss it. =:)


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suny51 6 years ago

I am really lucky I found this one on my feed page,I like reading that is humorous or has touch or resemblance of being humorous.This one is all fun.This is what I call lol,lots of laugh.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

All fun sounds pretty good to me. Glad you liked it Suny.

Thank you for your kind words. =:)


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Alright! Godspeed...


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

how to be funny? stop trying so hard! just kidding I doubt you really have to try. It's like the 4th hub of yours I've read so far and I'm beginning to think it comes natural. Hey,I'm brunette, I catch on quick to a quick witEnjoy your hubs- glad I found you on hubges.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Me too. =:)


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epigramman 6 years ago

..well I would say that is one of my strong suits, so to speak, because I am just natural at it - and also what is natural is the way you can be so entertaining and informative at the same time with this eclectic selection of life affirming hubs!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you Epigramman, I'm just trying to be a whistle on the lips of life. If I can get enough to hum along what a fun world it would be. Great to have you stop by. =:)


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

I've often told people I have "the view askew". I seldom get any argument.

I love watching Steven Wright...makes me feel quite normal.

Thanks, it was fun.

CP


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey CP, glad you enjoyed it. I can write mile high prose because I'm afraid of margins. =:)


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loveofnight 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

YOU JUST MADE MY FACE SMILE.....THX


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey LON, good to see you. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but isn't your face always smiling? heh heh =:)


Veronica Santoro 5 years ago

I'm the student you just got off the phone with from Point Loma. I just wanted to tell you that the students and I here are really enjoying reading your articles! Im looking forward to reading more... just not during my shift at work :)


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Veronica, thanks for checking out my work. It was a pleasure talking to you. Hope you enjoy science as much as I do writing. All the rest of you, thank you as well. =:)

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