They’re Laughing With You in Old Sacramento

How funny are you?

While some people are natural humorists, being funny is a set of skills that can be learned, according to comedian, author, and, my friend David Nihill. With his tips, you will learn how to be funny. 

Afraid you can’t learn the skills? Fear not. Nihill spent more than a year interviewing and studying comedians for his book, Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker

Bottom Line: You’ll be more successful if you can make people laugh.

…but only the good kind of laugh–not the awkward kind:

The truth is, there’s nothing as charming as a good sense of humor. When you’re funny, people like you more.

That’s just how it is.

Comedy Classes in Sacramento

Sacramento’s Old Comedy Club – Laughs Unlimited offers comedy workshops.

Check the Old Sacramento page for the schedule.

Learning to Be Funny

You don’t have to be Mr. Funny-Man. But when you’re able to crack a joke at the right time, it’s like a SUPERPOWER.

How so?

Humor mentally disarms people.

When you make someone laugh, they put their guard down. For a short moment, they’re not defensive.

Start paying more attention to the humor and absurdities of life. Notice how people interact and talk. Pay attention to the crazy stories going on in the news and world affairs.

Humor, like anything else, gets better with practice. As you test out some of these strategies, notice what works and what doesn’t. Start with a “safe” audience of family members or close friends with whom you can bomb and not completely lose your dignity.

Practice enough that telling the story or joke becomes second nature. You don’t want to stumble to remember parts of it or screw up the punchline.

Refine the humorous stories or comments by changing up your timing and delivery style, using facial expressions, or expanding the set-up to build anticipation.

With practice, you’ll master your own style of humor and delivery that is uniquely your own.

There are plenty of great reasons to practice being funny. Being funny makes you more interesting and entertaining. It boosts your powers of observation and creativity.  It makes you more confident in social settings. It also reduces stress and improves your state of mind.

To be funny is to invite others to share in your inner world in a safe and happy way. A creates a connection that few other human attributes afford. “I love people who make me laugh, ” says actress Audrey Hepburn. “I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person

If you want to be funnier, you’re going to need material, and that’s hard to come by when you spend your time looking at your phone or listening to music instead of observing the world around you. As you begin incorporating more humor into your conversational style, a good starting place is observational humor because it relies less on wordplay or carefully constructed jokes and more on having an interesting perspective on the things you experience. So, yes, that does mean you’re going to need to put the phone down and pay attention to reality.