Tap into your inner humor. For many people, being funny is about calling attention to something strange or unexpected. But how do you do that? First of all, you have to trust that you know what's funny. Remember a time when you were funny and know that you can be that funny person again. Being Funny, Be Social
Find the things that make you laugh, because they have a good chance of making others laugh as well. Keep a note of all the really funny things that happen to you, or the really funny things that other people say. You'll get used to being around humor. Being Funny, Be Social
Find out why things make you laugh. Knowing how to make a joke depends on figuring out why something is funny. When somebody says or does something funny, ask yourself, Why is that funny? Become a student of humor. Being Funny, Be Social
Surround yourself with people who are funny. Those people can be your friends, or they can be actors you watch on TV. Whomever they are, get close to them; their comedy will rub off on you.
2Don't be afraid to make fun of yourself. Having a good sense of humor is all about being able to make fun of yourself. Look at stand-up comics: Practically all they do is make fun of something that they did or something that happened to them. If you can make fun of yourself (in a confident way) people will know that you have good self-esteem. Being Funny, Be Social
Practice self-deprecating humor. Self-deprecating humor is when you make fun of yourself in a playful way, and because you don't seem afraid of making mistakes others are less likely to be afraid of you criticising them. The following are some good examples of self-deprecating humor. Remember that these are more formal jokes; with your friends, try to use more casual jokes that call attention to what's funny about you. Being Funny, Be Social
"I went to the psychiatrist, and he says 'You're crazy.' I tell him I want a second opinion. He says, 'Okay, you're ugly too!'"
"I feel sorry for people who don’t drink or do drugs. Because someday they’re going to be in a hospital bed, dying, and they won’t know why." Being Funny, Be Social
"I was so ugly when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother."
3Know that different situations are funny for different reasons. There are a lot of kinds of humor; knowing a wide range of humorous remarks is all about understanding what goes into being funny. Here are breakdowns of different kind of humor. Being Funny, Be Social
Expectation v. Reality. When we expect something, and we're given something completely different, we're surprised: "I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out." Being Funny, Be Social
Wordplay and puns. Playing around with language to make something sound slightly different from what we expect: "A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion." Being Funny, Be Social
One liners or comebacks. A quick word or sentence delivered to make a joke out of something someone said: One of your friends says "Isn't it weird that we only have hair on our heads and in our pubic areas?" The friend is not really even expecting a response. You say: "Speak for yourself." Being Funny, Be Social
4Practice, practice, practice. Being funny is an art, not a science. There's not one textbook that you can read and be done with it. Therefore, it's important to keep at it, learning how to be funny by trial and error.
Read comedy books and watch comedic movies. You can find lists of funny books and movies easily on the internet, or you can ask friends for their suggestions.
Practice jokes on your own. If you've never practiced any jokes before, ease into it: You don't want to suddenly bombard your classmates or friends with constant material. Try a joke here, or a joke there, and take note of what works. If it doesn't work, ask yourself what you need to do to make it funny.
Get back up when you fall down. Every funny person is going to make some unfunny jokes now and then. Often you can turn this into a further self depricating joke. It doesn't mean that they're not funny. So don't be afraid of failing. The good news is that no one will remember your jokes unless they're actually funny! Being Funny, Be Social
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