The Essentials Of HUMOURBy : Masnika Bte Masdin
The tendency ofparticular cognitiveexperiences toprovoke laughterand provide amusement.
Types of Humour Sarcasm Wit/Pun Outrageous Dry/Deadpan humour
Sarcasm• Remarks that mean the opposite of what they seem to say.• Sarcasm can easily come off as mean, but used in the right circumstances it is hilarious.• When someone asks you a question where the answer is like "WELL DUH!"Examples : * "Wow you look terrible", answer, "Thank you very much. You look equally as splendid as I." [Your response is a little cutting but it might make other people to chuckle while listening to your conversation] * "Be afraid" answer, "Oh, I am," while nodding emphatically. [The idea is that you want to make the other person look like a fool.]
Wit/Pun• Tendency to play with words.• Use of a word, or of words which are sounded alike but have different meanings, in such a way as to play on more of the possible application.Examples : • “I wanted to lose weight so I went to the paint store. I heard I could get thinner there” • “Sleeping comes so naturally to me, I could do it with my eyes closed” • “Bugs have very diverse religious views, because they are all in sects” • “A photographer was great at botany because he knew photo synthesis” • “You can tune a guitar, but you cant tuna fish”
Outrageous• Doing things that are slightly out of the norm. Its going beyond a normal persons comfort zone to be funny.Example : * If you were to fall down the stairs instead of slinking off, thoroughly embarrassed, you could bow and shouted “ THANK YOU! I am SO amazing arent I?! Ill be here from 10 until 3!“• The same thing repeated a dozen times isnt going to be funny. If you constantly make a fool of yourself, your friends probably wont be too happy either.
Dry/Deadpan humour• The person is generally not "begging" for a laugh, instead offering a simple observation or other statement that proves to be funny.• Dry humour is associated with what some people refer to as highbrow comedy, as the style requires a degree of restraint in order to be effective.
The type of humour you try to useshould reflect your personality.
Before attempting a dangerous stuntBefore giving a public speech After a tense disagreement with someoneBefore doing a concert At the beginning and end of going on a date with someone