How to Become A Funny Person

How to Become A Funny Person

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Are your jokes falling flat? Do people stare at you after you drop a punchline like a live fiddler crab just fell out of your mouth?

While it’s true that being hilarious comes naturally to some people, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a skill. And like any skill, humor can be improved with the right kind of practice and observation.

Being funny has its perks. You’re often more attractive to the opposite sex, you’re more likely to make and keep friends. You can diffuse awkward or tense situations. Humor is also a proven stress-fighting tool, both for yourself and for the folks you’re making laugh.

Whether you’re having some social trouble or just want to sharpen up your rapier wit, this list – how to appear funny can help.

How to Appear Funny: Start by Watching Funny People


They say never speak unless you can improve the silence. For your first step to transforming into a deity of hilarity, you need to listen.

Go ahead and identify the funniest person in your life – or, better yet, identify the top three. Take a moment to think about why you consider them funny. Are they witty, prone to quick quips and stunning retorts? Or maybe they’re goofy, prone to silly voices and wild body movements. Or perhaps they have an oddball sense of humor, where they make tons of anti-jokes or just say nonsense at just the right time.

Whatever method they use, try to identify it. Once you’ve got a grasp on their style, watch them the next time you hang out. Try not to stare and take notes – some people find that intrusive – but instead observe how often they make a joke or say something funny. Watch how they watch other people. Are they waiting to make a joke? Are they listening intently to have a word, sentence, or idea from someone else to build a joke off of?

Watch their eyes when they deliver a funny joke, watch their mouth. Pay attention to the volume of their voice.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks


Though humor is a complicated idea that you could spend your whole life studying, comedy itself really breaks down to one thing: surprise. We laugh because we had an expectation and it didn’t happen. This is also why humor is so subjective – people expect different things, and people are prepared for different outcomes.

Because humor has to be surprising, it means you have to take risks. This is tricky, of course – taking risks is dangerous, especially when you’re in a setting like work or with extended family, where your reputation can be harmed by too big of a risk.

Practice with your closest friends, first. You know they’re limits, and what they find funny. Think about the movies they watch and use that as your level of “risk.” If they love Judd Apatow movies, you can comfortably push the gross or sexual humor without offending anyone. If they’re more fans of harsh comedians like George Carlin, you can probably use jokes that bust your friends’ chops a little without starting a fistfight.

But you do have to take risks: the key to comedy is a surprise.

Be Confident, Even If It’s a Bad Joke

The funniest people in the world bomb a joke, bomb a set, bomb an entire evening. It happens. Maybe the atmosphere is wrong, maybe the audience is in a bad mood, who knows. But biggest tip on how to appear funny is to tell jokes nervously.

The thing about comedy, whether it’s on a stage or at a party, is that the listeners have to trust the comedian. If you’ve ever listened to a new comic, you know what I mean – the first couple jokes, your gut is a little clenched, you’re thinking: “is this guy wasting my time?”

Confidence shortcuts that nervous section and gives the audience faith. They’re more willing to listen. Deliver your jokes and witty comments like you know their funny, but you don’t really care if anyone laughs. Don’t let your voice tremble, don’t look away. Look your friends right in the face when you say something you think is funny.

If no one laughs, it’s best to recognize it and play off it. “Wow, that sounded funny in my brain,” or “That’s the thing about jokes, sometimes I’m awful.” Sometimes even making a deflated face or blowing a raspberry with your tongue will get people smiling again.

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Go with Your Strengths

Do you have a quick mind? Consider keeping it dry – off-hand quips, subtle but playful put-downs, and self-deprecating zingers. Are you a silly-Billy? Maybe funny voices are your game – practice your best voices and faces in a mirror.

Are you just an odd duck? Watch some absurdist comedies, read Dave Barry, and remember that a sprinkle of the nonsensical goes much further than ten pounds of crazy.

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