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3 Quick Tips For Adding Humor to ANYTHING

Updated on August 9, 2016

Make your communications stand out NOW

Stop with the boring speeches and emails. . . use some humor and you'll reap rewards! Here's 3 quick tips I use a lot for adding humor quickly:

1. Pull out the irony - what are the disconnects in the situation? Are you at a health care conference and they're serving donuts? Or maybe you're in a Casino and you spot those signs for gamblers anonymous? There are ironies all around us, but most people don't spend time looking for them. Comedy is a habit, and so we're practice it constantly - work your comedy muscle by constantly looking for the ironies. When I perform at a conference, I'm always looking around for the ironies. ..here's a couple things I look for -

Activities, Location, Agenda, Temperature, Give-Aways, Room Set-up, Decorations/Food, Time of the Year. . . and the list goes on. I once spoke at an event where the speaker ahead of me was talking about Networking titled "Never Eat Lunch Alone." I looked on the agenda and right after him it said "Lunch, On Your Own." Finding that irony gave me a great staring joke.

2. Ask the Question HOW. There are TONS of questions you can ask to find comedy. I will go into those further, but one of the best ones is to look at the set up as a problem and then ask HOW. . . "If I could solve this problem any way I want, HOW would I do it?" I joke about neutering my baby nephew to stop him from crying (didn't really do it). . . because I was writing a joke about his crying, and I asked the question. You can see this example in the video I've posted here of my jokes about kids. So do a quick brainstorming session and ask that question. . .you'll come up with some funnier answers!

3. Exaggerate things. . . comedy is about exaggeration - someone isn't 100 years old, they're a thousand years old, or they don't weigh 100 pounds they weigh 10,000 pounds. Find places that you can exaggerate and you'll find the humor fast.

Comedian Jan on Kids

Comedy writing fast with Jan's Comedy writing book! It's a great reference.
Comedy writing fast with Jan's Comedy writing book! It's a great reference. | Source

for Jan's comedy book

Finding The Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds
Finding The Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds

Jan's "how to write humor" comedy book. You can get it here or on her website!

 

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