How To Be Funny?

“Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can’t see”

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Lets begin with a joke. You might have heard that a apple a day keeps the doctor away. But the truth is-

“An apple a day keeps anyone away, if you throw it hard enough”

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So, How to be Funny?

There are two ways to be funny which worked for me and hopefully works for you as well.

Two way to be funny are-

  1. Just speak the unexpected– In childhood we all have been part of funny conversations. And I still remember the first joke which made me laugh when I was around 5–6 years old.

So I was walking around in my city and I saw my friend. So I went to him and said,” Hi!” and he smilingly replied,” Bye!”.

Which might not seem funny now but as 5–6 year old kid it was very funny for me at that time because when I said him ‘Hi’ in return I expected either a “Hi” or a “Hello” but he said totally the opposite “Bye” which made us smile and after which we continued talking for hours.

So I feel sometimes when you say something which the other doesn’t expect then it might turn out funny. When I say “unexpected”, I don’t mean anything bad I just mean that something unexpected which doesn’t hurt others and also be funny at the same time.

For example —

Doctor: “I’m sorry but you suffer from a serious illness and have only 10 to live.”

Patient: “What do you mean, 10? 10 what? Months? Weeks?!”

Doctor: “Nine.” (Source :

So, when we read the above conversation and when doctor said that the patient has 10 to live we expected that doctor meant years or months but truth was he meant seconds which is totally unexpected.

But you have to very cautious about the words you use because it shouldn’t hurt the other person’s feelings. Your jokes must be simple.

Also advantage of being funny is that If you are shy in starting a conversation with someone then this can help you a lot because it makes you both smile and happy and also it sets the momentum for a good conversation and doesn’t make it awkward for you both.

“How can you hurt someone with words? Hit them with a dictionary.”


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2. The other way to be funny is to remember few jokes. Try to remember a few jokes and use it in a conversation. Don’t think that you have to invent new jokes to be funny. No! That’s not true at all.

Always remember that in comedy, timing is very important. When someone cracks a joke it is not necessary that the joke isn’t applicable anywhere else. You can crack the same joke again but it has to be in a relevant situation.

You cannot crack the same joke everywhere you have to be aware of situation and see whether in that situation the joke is relevant or not. Only then your joke will sound funny.

And that is what I meant when I said about timing that you must know when to use a particular joke. So try to remember few jokes and use it in a relevant situation or a relevant conversation. For example you can use the following joke in a conversation.

My old aunts would come and tease me at weddings, “Well Sarah? Do you think you’ll be next?”

We’ve settled this quickly once I started doing the same to them at funerals.

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A same joke can either be funny or lame. Because Your joke not only depends on timing but it also depends how you present it. Presentation is very important. For example you cannot tell a joke by being in a serious mood, Right?

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Because If you are serious then how can you expect the other person to be happy. So make sure that you are in a happy mood when you are saying a joke to someone .

So you might think that, Why do I do need to try to be funny? What if people don’t laugh at my joke?

But I feel that You should definitely try to be funny because even if your joke doesn’t turn out to be funny, it’s fine because the other person understands that your intention was good as you just wanted to make the other person smile. And we all know that laughter is the best medicine.

When you try to make others smile it also increases your respect and feelings in the heart of other person because remember that a person only remembers a person by how they made them feel when they were together.

And in today’s world where people are so busy and stressed in their work people tend to forget to smile. So if you can make someone smile then you are doing a job of not less than a doctor.

Making someone laugh is one of the hardest thing and if you are able to do it then be proud of yourself.

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