Jokes are funny. Cynicism can be moderately humorous too! But what makes us laugh at humor? Perhaps we have a desire to laugh – we only need a reason. With less face-to-face communication, we appreciate any sense of humor, in which we can delight. Smiling faces and smiley faces of all varieties, with winks and kisses are all the buzz online and on your communication device. But perhaps, all of this texting / messaging, binging, pinging and other ”–inging” is preventing clear communication. So any opportunity to smile face-to-face, with others, is surely a welcomed opportunity. A good joke is the best way to start the day, or at anytime.
But what is it about good joke that causes us to chuckle or laugh? Is it the timing of the joke? Is it the delivery, or the concluding phrase, which makes us smirk, smile or feel an internal tickle that will likely result in laughter?
Maybe our response to the humor-gaining methods is related our mood. Or maybe, our response to the stimulus – the comedian telling anecdotes or jokes – depends on the wit and sass of the comic. Why is it that some comedians start of their bit by insulting the audience? Is this so that whatever they say next, will be perceived as better than initial insult and thereby be considered funny?
Do the comedian’s jokes even need too be funny? Some comics use swearing, cursing, mocking and negative statements and phrases to get a laugh from the audience. Do these comics deliver their bit in this way, because they believe that the audience is desperate to release stress and tension? Needing a good laugh so dearly, that just about anything the comedian says will generate at least a smirk? Can a smile bring about laughter?
What about Laughter Yoga? This is a fun method – if I am correct in my understanding – where a group of people sit in a circle, and smile at one another, until they all begin to laugh. No jokes, puns, innuendos, insults, negativity or any other “silly stuff”. But all of the group members eventually begin to laugh, and share in the collective fun, without a word being uttered.
Speaking of group laughter, what about improvisational comedy skits, with role-playing. This is great spontaneous fun? What about Theatre Sports for engaging humor? In this system of interactive comedy, the audience members are invited to participate in the skit. But each chosen participant will need to improvise their role and their lines? Surely, this is great fun. In this method, the audience members are creating the laughing process for themselves while having great fun. Funny stuff : )