The What of Work

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We’ve talked previously about how humor is a skill. It’s an ability you can learn, and one you get better at through practice and repetition. Humor is also a mindset. It’s a way of seeing the world. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. Because the what of work doesn’t really change… Continue Reading >

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Skill of Humor Part 3: Practice, Perform, Repeat

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Over the past two weeks, we’ve talked about the first two principles of being funnier: sharing your point of view and exploring and heightening. This week we’re talking about the third step: practicing, performing, and repeating. From sketch comedy we understand the importance of performance in executing humor. The characters from SNL, Key & Peele, and Monty… Continue Reading >

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Skill of Humor Part 2: Explore and Heighten

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Last week, we talked about the first principle of being funnier: sharing your point of view. This week we’re talking about step two: exploring and heightening that point of view. Improv teaches us how to do that. Improvisers at UCB, Second City, and ComedySportz accept and build, explore and heighten, and find the interesting thing… Continue Reading >

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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: Share your point of view. Explore and heighten. Practice, perform, repeat. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to do a deeper dive on each… Continue Reading >

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The Value of a Humor Notebook

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I recently received a very nice Facebook message from a woman in India who had seen my TEDx talk on the skill of humor. In it, she asked a common question people have about building their skill of humor: how do I get started? To answer that question, first let me start with a question… Continue Reading >

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