Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Art of Cracking Jokes

The art of lightening someone’s mood or alleviating stress from an awkward situationis appreciated by everyone. The person who successfully do so is admired and tend to be liked by people. Being funny is impressive but it’s not enough without knowing how to crack the jokes. Well a creative mind teeming with funny ideas and witty jokes is appreciated but if a person doesn’t have the quality to smartly present them can spoil the entire feel of humour. The way you tell a joke, your tone, the expression you carry on your face while cracking the joke and your body language-all counts a lot in making a joke delivery approachable.

If you have a decent and sophisticated personality, you don’t necessarily need to act like a joker while narrating a humorous piece or passing a witty remark. All you need to avoid is to act like a robot who speaks without any expression and pace in the voice and fails to create any impact. Accept the fact that you cannot make anyone react positive on your delivery, you may hear a roar of laughs from one side and a drop of silence from the other side. But it shouldn’t be discouraging for you as everyone has a different sense of hilarity; what one finds hilarious might not be that witty for the other person so don’t take it on your heart. Your joke telling techniques will be slowly and gradually enhanced with constant practice. Your selection of jokes should be wise; try to avoid telling dirty jokes if you are sitting among the people you are not very close with. It might annoy a person and ruin your image.

Always maintain your dignity while acting funny and facetious and never directly attack a person or a certain religious or cultural group through your joke. Such controversial jokes are always taken as an attack and hurt the people badly. The more harmless your joke is, the more entertaining it would be for the listeners. Some people start laughing in the middle of telling the joke and frustrate the listeners. You should know the art how to control your laughter while telling the joke making it amusing for receivers. When you are done, join the listeners!

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Refine and Shine in the show

allow yourself to shine

The very step to polish your stand up skills, is to become a frequent visitor of comedy shows. You can follow your favourite stand-up performers through social networks, the best place to keep in touch with them and stay updated about what they are up to and what are their upcoming releases. The online discussion forums and comments of fans on social networks also provide you a sound understanding about the sense of humour of majority of the comedy lovers. This is how you will learn what people think is funny and what should be the areas to consider while scripting a funny piece of writing for your comedy act.

When you are actually getting started with it, the first habit you should develop is to observe and write. You are a future comedian, you should be a keen observer who notice everything that comes his way. Keep a notebook with you and write everything interesting you observed or come across. At the end of the day, you will have a handsome amount of funny stuff that you can use in your stand-up act.

Now comes the presentation of what you have scripted. Your confidence is a main factor in making you a real comedian. Speaking confidently in front of a bunch of people helps a person greatly getting over the stage fear. If you are good at public speaking, you have probably the ability to run a good comedy act.  Going to the Open Mic Nights is also a great idea for breaking into comedy act. This will really help you to build up your confidence and test your abilities.

You can attend short courses to further polish your public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. The more confident speaker you are, the more successful comedian you will be in future. You will also find a wide range of Comedy courses conducted by many renowned academies. Even some comedians also organize workshops for the beginners to help them learn the basics of comedy and enhance their skills. You can learn several of secret tactics of comedy acts through these workshops.