Skill of Humor Part 1: Share Your Point of View

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One of our more popular programs recently has been How to Be Funny(er): An Actionable Guide to Creating Humor. It’s hands-on workshop that’s centered around the three principles skills of humor:

  1. Share your point of view.
  2. Explore and heighten.
  3. Practice, perform, repeat.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to do a deeper dive on each of these ideas. Up first is #1 (because that’s how numbers work): sharing your point of view.

To understand the value of point of view in comedy, think about your favorite stand up comedian. Eddie Izzard has a certain way of seeing the world, which is different than Ellen DeGeneres, which is different than Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, or Tig Notaro. Each comedian has their own perspective and they use it to create humor.

Just compare John Mulaney’s take on doing nothing with Jim Gaffigan’s. They have similar ideas, but different execution and punchlines.

Point of view is also the key to finding humor in everyday life. It’s not that funny things happen to funny people, it’s that funny people see the world in a funny way.

To get started thinking about your own point of view, answer any or all of these questions:

  • What are you obsessed with?
  • What are your favorite things?
  • What are you afraid of?
  • What is your appearance like?
  • What stories do people tell about you?

For example, check out Ryan Hamilton’s stand-up on his appearance. Funny people see the world in a funny way.

Stay tuned for next week when we’ll be talking about exploring and heightening that point of view. Want to practice? Feel free to share any humorous takes you have on the above in the comments below.

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