Improving the Classroom with Humor

Ever since I was little, my brother, David, has been a teacher. My mom thinks it’s one reason I did so well in school. He would come home each day and teach me everything he had learned in class (he’s 2 years older than me). The problem is that sometimes he just made things up, and… Read more

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How Humor Can Be Inappropriate

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The consequences of inappropriate humor are nothing new (in fact I wrote about humor as an HR issue back in 2013). But in light of the recent happenings with a certain TV show and its titular actor, I figured it was worth re-visiting. There are three reasons humor tends to be inappropriate in the workplace: 1) Inappropriate… Read more

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The Four Styles of Humor

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One of the most common questions I get about using humor is, “How do I make sure it’s appropriate?” Previously, we’ve talked about the importance of understanding your Humor MAP. That’s definitely still true. But another thing that can help is to understand the four styles of humor (as defined by Rod A Martin). These styles… Read more

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Creating a Humor Habit

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There are a few things that just about every comedian does, regardless of comedic stylings or background. We talked about one of them a couple of weeks ago: keeping a humor notebook. The second thing is that they write. A lot. In comedy, there’s an unwritten rule called The Rule of 90 (although I’ve just… Read more

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The World Outside Album Covers

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Over the last three weeks, three different people have sent me the link to the same Instagram account: Igor Lipchanskiy. He is the creator of a series of pictures best described as “The World Outside of Album Covers.” As you can see from the header image, he takes well-known album covers and imagines what might be… Read more

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