Comedy & Humour
Can anybody be Funny?
day without laugher is a day wasted"- Charlie Chaplin
A guy wearing cling-film Y-fronts walks into a doctors office
Doc says,' I can see your nuts!!'
The owner of a drugstore
arrives at work to find a man leaning heavily
against a wall. The owner goes inside and asks his clerk what's up. "He
wanted something for his cough, but I couldn't find the cough syrup,"
the clerk explains. "So I gave him a laxative and told him to take it
all at once." "Laxatives won't cure a cough, you idiot," the
"Sure it will," the clerk says, pointing at the man leaning on the
"Look at him. He's afraid to cough."
A woman walked into the
kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
"What are you
doing?" She asked.
"Oh. Killed any?" She asked.
"Yep, 3 males,
2 Females," he replied.
Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell?"
He responded, "3
were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."
Top 30 Comedians
As Voted by The Comedy Industry
From 'The Comedians Comedian'
- Eddie Murphy
- David Brent
- Robin Williams
- Steven Fry
- Mike Myers
- Michael Palin
- Les Dawson
- Dawn French & Saunders
- Spike Milligan
- Bob Hope
- Rowan Aktinson
- Larry David
- Victoria wood
- Harry Hill
- Bob Hope
- Rowan Aktinson
- Larry David
- Peter Kay
- Eric Idle
- Paul Mertoln
- Eddie Izzard
- Charlie CHaplin
- Steve Coogan
- Ronnie Barker
- Steve Martin
- Peter Sellers
- Bill Hicks
- Chris Morris
- Richard Pryor
- Billy Connelly
- Vic & Rob
- Laurel and Hardy
- Groucho Marx
- Eric Morecobe
- Woody Allen
- Tommy Cooper
- John Cleese
- Peter Cook - true original
As voted by Comdedy Industy
- Two Ronnies
- Marx Brothers
- Laurel & Hardie
- Abbot & Costello
- French & Saunders
- Morecombe and Wise
- Smith & Jones
- Fawlty Towers - Greatest Trad Sitcom ever had?
- British inhibitiion and repressed age - something of this character in him, misjudgement and frustration
- Strong Bonds between characters
- Monty Python - Flying Circus
- Dad's Army
- 2 up 2 down
- Only Fools & Horses
- Brass Eye, Day Today
- Black Adder
- Absolutely Fabulous
- Little Britain
- Bo Selecta
- Ali Gee
- Friends, Will & Grace, Family Matters, Bill Cosby Show,
ARE COMEDIANS ENLIGHTENED /
- Humour is very important in our lives. The
more times you laugh in a day the healthier you are.
- Humour can be a universal language, but there
are differences in humour in different countries.
- Humour can serve as a barometer for team integratrion
(Barsoux & Schneider). ie. the more laughter shared in a team the closer
the team members are together
- Laughter is a great healer -
- Laughter can bring light and spaciousness
into otherwise tough situations
- It takes less muscles to smile than to frown.
- However some people tell jokes to get attention, feel loved, feel like they are pleasing people. Perhaps inside they may be depressed.
How to be funny?
- 'Analysing humour is like analysing a frog:
you can do it, but the frog tends to die in the process.'
Is there a formula?
Some Observations & Tips
- Delivery - The way you say jokes may need work - build
up to the punchline, make the story sound really true, use body language.
- Be authentic and enthusiastic
- The timing of
jokes is very important,
- keep a roll of jokes going
- Quick witted
responses - be spontaneous
- Playing on words - Taking things literally
eg. I put money on a horse ...it fell off!
- eg. Clever guy asking questions, dumb guy
answering slightly different question
- cheesy inuedo's / ambiguities eg. fancy a
- Looking at every day / obvious experiences
from a different perspective - eg.shopping in Tesco's
- sarcasm eg. you're really funny...no really
- saying what people are thinking can be funny
eg. reading a dirty mind
- imitation & impressions are also ways
of getting a laugh.
- sometimes jokes / circumstances are so bad/
tragic that they can be funny
- laugh at yourself - take nothing personally
- be your true self
- when you are just being yourself, without judgement, anger, greed or ignorance,
conscious of the present moment you will always be fun, light, easy &
comfortable to be around!
- Use your own life as material. Use your natural personality.
- A surefire way to keep a group of friends
happy is to set up a 'laughter anchor'. You
set up the anchor by noticing a word or phrase that everybody really laughed
at. Then over the period of the night re-introduce the funny word into the
conversations - people will be wetting themselves with laughter!
- This works because they all have an 'association'
of laughter linked with that particular word / phrase. eg. Harry Enfield
- each of his characters has a particular punchline - which always has people
Great comedians - Charlie Chaplin - clumsy, lucky,
Modern Comedians - Jack Dee - style depressed,
moaning, unhappy with life
- Morecambe & Wise - Serious guy, with very
- The Two Ronnies
- eg. Interview with person who always answers
- eg. second guessing the other person
Styles of Stand-Up comedy
- story telling - share stories
- focus on negative
- start as waitress - heckling -
- personality based
- a bit mad
- accent - get attention -
- talking incredibly fast, after few jokes
- some swearing
- start ok, then go flaky
- paranoid - insecure
- pause give a moment for people to put the
joke together in their own minds - ie. fill in the blanks
- everyday things
- how we work
- how relationships work
- how crazy we really are!
- doing a song / music / poem
- making generalizations about countries & their inhabitants (be careful)
- English Language
- Past - history - kids,
- relationships - first love, first kiss, sex,
- going shopping
Some more tips
- Be Aware of self - without being over self-conscious
- keep eye contact if possible
- Body language important
- is material you - does it fit - does it feel
- Work on Opening lines
- order of material - depends on the audience
- don't panic
- if not laughing - don't panic - carry in as
if lots of jokes
- For female stand up comics -only given 20-30
secs - if not funny - heckled - 'bad for woman kind'
- Men have around 3 mins - to give them a chance,
if guy is bad it's only him - not all men
- male comedians - said to be bitching with
- Don't take yourself seriously - nobody's perfect
- Don't be a bad sport
- don't be a laugh whore - (always wanting people
to laugh at your jokes)
- Don't be attached to getting laughs
- Notice if people are laughing at you, with
you or if they're just pretending
- Then ask yourself if you need the approval
of others to be happy
Don't take the piss out of others for your own
benefit.(with selfish motivation)
You are not better than anybody, however you
can pretend to be arrogant, if that helps get a laugh - as long as you are
aware of it.
(Ego's are entertaining - e.g.. Mohammed Ali)
ARE COMEDIANS MORE ENLIGHTENED / AWAKE?
Good comedians (in my opinion) are aware of themselves
in the moment, and in life in general - that's how they get their material
- much like poets & writers, I suppose. (Not that I claim to be a comedian
/writer / poet)
Comedians obviously need material, so they look
at life for funny stories - ironies, nuances, idiosyncrasies - in everyday
regular life. They look at life / experiences / relationships with a open
mind - let things unfold to see what happens in different situations .
Just passively observing other people relating
for a while can give much material.
Likewise, looking within / at ourselves, we are
sure to find much material for laughs!
eg. Just let your mind go wild -write the first
things that come to your mind - watch your mind - and you'll see what I mean!
(many of us are neurotic).
By going inwards we notice how our own mind
works - in-sight.
When we know ourselves, we also have insight
into the true nature of others. We can induce that others are like us. We
all have problems, fart, use the loo, brush our teeth, get dressed, go to
bed, live, breath....
Sometimes things are so obvious that we miss
them. Experienced comedians, writers, poets, philosophers, meditators - don't
miss these things - they are aware of our spurts of insanity / irrationality
/ nature. They realize that these parts of us, warts and all, make us human
NOTE: some comedians may be stuck in seeing life
through the filter of ' how is that funny' or 'how can I make that into a
joke' - this is OK, as long as one is aware of it. (Even that is material
for a comedy sketch!)
If anybody is stuck in one filter / perspective
-then that is not good. It is better to see life through many perspectives
/ windows (more material for sketches). eg. Johari's window - what you seek
you will find - eg. 'Everybody is after me' mentality creates a vicious cycle
and self fulfilling prophecy.
Life can be seen as a comedy or a tragedy - it's
all about attitude - eg. Hamlet.
So could it be that comedians, are enlightened
/ awake to life / self in the moment?
Experienced meditators, Buddhist Teachers are
often noted for their humour, vitality & light heartedness. eg. The Laughing
Laughter brings spaciousness / light into tough
situations. Making a joke can be a subtle way of letting someone know what
you really think.
I am Happiness
I love life
(even though I look miserable)
I am Fun, Love and Joy!
I am ever expanding
happiness & love!