What makes someone funny?
August 17, 2014 10:54 AM Subscribe
I've always wanted to know how funny people became funny. What particular attributes, behavior, types of humor makes them so hilarious? Do some of them practice jokes in advance? Do they watch comedians and funny tv shows a lot?
posted by poilkj to Human Relations (30 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a nervous person and I often get embarrassed while making a joke or funny comment. I totally ruin the intonation, emphasis, facial expression, and basically regret the thing while it's coming out of my mouth, which just results in weird and nonsensical half finished sentences. Suffice to say, I am pretty awkward. While this obviously isn't crippling and doesn't even bother me all that much, I would really like to better understand what makes a person funny and how they got there.
I'm asking because I'm just curious and also because lately I've been thinking a lot about that Oscar Wilde quote, if you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. At this point in my life I'm not overly concerned with telling people the truth, but I am interested in social dynamics. I see that having a solid sense of humor is crucial to navigating confusing and transient relationships with people (romantic and otherwise), making small talk, meeting people, etc. And plus it's a lot of fun! I can only make jokes with my really close friends and that's when I'm happiest. It'd be nice to be able to open up to more people especially since I'm surrounded by strangers these days.