I want to be funnier, as in, making people actually laugh, ideally having ‘funny’ be one of the descriptors friends and acquaintances use for me. I don’t really mean for stand-up, scripted, or professional purposes, just in general everyday scenarios and conversation. How do I go about this? Is there anything I can do to flex and tone those muscles? Details on dealbreakers etc. under the cut. [more inside]
One of the consequences of getting older and doing daily battle with the 21st century is that a person's sense of humor takes a beating sometimes. I'm beginning to wonder if there is some positive action I can take to keep from losing my sense of humor. All my life it has been my primary coping mechanism and main tool of social interaction. And now more and more I feel it weakening and slipping away. Can you exercise it and make it stronger? [more inside]
My kids and I Iove "Good Mythical Morning," and watch it every night. For feminist reasons, I'd like us to additionally watch something just as funny and in the same style -- but with women hosting it. Suggestions? [more inside]
I'm trying to track down a Star Wars parody where Obi Wan and Luke are on Dagobah, and Obi Wan is explaining all the ridiculous backstory according to the prequels. [more inside]
Last night on a whim, I revisited This Is My Milwaukee, which in turn led to That Mitchell and Webb Look's Quiz Broadcast sketches, and now... I need more. [more inside]
Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny. [more inside]
There is now a Dead Authors-shaped hole in my heart. Are there any other humor podcasts of a similar literary and/or historical bent?
How would you express your thanks, in the form of a group gift, to medical professionals in two offices -- which would include cardiac surgeon and his huge staff + a cardiologist and his smaller staff -- when you're barely making it down the stairs at this point and can't shop in person? [more inside]
Do you have any suggestions for books, websites, other to help a new arrival to the US with learn general cultural references? I'm mentoring a Chinese student who is attending a mid-size US university. This is her first time in the US, and her English is fantastic. She asked me if I knew of any resources that could help her understand more US cultural references since sometimes she feels lost. [more inside]
There's this vine I saw a few weeks ago. By way of summary: [more inside]
We're going on a plane trip and I'm looking for light humorous reading for my 12 year old bookworm. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of written and visual humour (newspaper columns, stories, comic strips) produced by African-Americans for an African-American audience prior to the Civil Rights era. I've read Langston Hughes's Simple stories, and have seen some scattered examples of cartoons by Jackie Ormes, Chester Commodore, &c., but was hoping to find more. Online archives would be great, but I'm also interested in hearing about print anthologies. Thanks!
A friend is looking for a specific joke for a eulogy. Their question is below. [more inside]
I saw a book on a "featured" table last winter in a bookstore, which enchanted me, but I don't remember any of the key features that would allow me to buy it; namely author or title. I remember that it was red or orange, hardcover, consisted (mostly) of illustrations, was darkly funny, was written by a British man (?) and contained cartoony scenarios ruminating on anxiety or depression. Any idea what the book was? I assume that it was a new publication around the end of 2013. I think the title had the word "Brain" in it. [more inside]
I'm looking for engaging videos (or websites, or accessible articles) that are critical of international development practices like voluntourism, etc. Humor is a bonus. [more inside]
My brother and his wife both have dementia and are currently living in a memory care home and need notes from home. [more inside]
I'm trying to refind a one-panel online comic with geek secret agents. One has "001 -- license to code" or something like that. I kind of remember it as being geek & poke or that style but haven't been able to track it down. Any pointers? Different cartoons along similar lines are welcome.
Recently, I've been interested in multimedia featuring aspects of black comedy or cynical characters in otherwise mundane settings. Searching on my own is more or less inefficient and I'm looking for any recommendations which fall into this category. [more inside]
When I was in high school, in 1990, I found a humor collection in my school library. I am trying to remember the name of the collection. It contained a play written entirely in palindromes. I believe, but am not certain, that it contained a story by James Thurber, possibly about a man named Margaret. I'd really like to track down the name of the play and/or the author. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
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? [more inside]
I saw a comic short in the eighties (?), not Martin Scorsese's The Big Shave, where a guy cuts himself shaving, hits his head trying to get a BandAid, injures himself more and more colorfully as he tries to cope with his previous injuries, eventually dominoing into his death. What was it?
I'm looking for essays, books, poetry, nonfiction, or whatever else about normal people's everyday lives and pasts, humorous if possible. I'm looking for stuff in the vein of the New York Press's old columns (like the ones Ned Vizzini wrote) or like Books of Adam. Writing that is casual, but well written.
I have a young friend graduating from high school - I would like a cute little book to include with a gift certificate as a gift and could use some suggestions.... [more inside]
Back in the early or mid-eighties, my grandparents had a book of offbeat Iowan humor. I'd love to find that book again. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of jokes that just don't translate. [more inside]
It was tense. I adore "X walked into a bar" jokes. Lay some on me.
I'd like to learn how to tell good jokes. One thing I've considered is looking up different comedians on Youtube. But what would be even more useful is if there was a resource (book/video) that collected many of these examples together to illustrate different principals. So they might show you one version of a joke and then an improved version of a joke. Or they might show a few versions of a jokes that all utilise a common formula. Does anyone know of anything like this?
If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing? Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
I'm looking for an old website, maintained by a college professor, with computer, physics, and grad-school related humor colelcted from around the Internet. [more inside]
My stepson revealed the greatest stressors in his life is my self-deprecating sense of humor. What can I say? [more inside]
Force Required To Deploy Airbags: Mercedes -- Don't know if any of you have since this video making it's way around the net. I'm sure people here know the technical specifications involved. Would this even be possible? Would imagine the woman would need a bag full of bricks haha
I have to give a presentation to about 15 new hires tomorrow sometime around 10am. The start time is always variable by about 15 mins. I do this all the time and it is quite a fun presentation. The orientation at my company is super goofy and fun and the person coordinating it is totally down for some fun. So much so that my coworker Kim has pulled HR into a ongoing prank war that Kim and I are in. I have no idea what Kim is going to pull but something is going to go down. She already roped in every single one of them to come find me and make me do ridiculous things as part of the scavenger hunt. I need a way to get all these people involved and turn it into complete laughter, embarrassment, and glee for everyone. [more inside]
I am a pregnant for the first time, and looking for resources (primarily web, but not limited to it) on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This shouldn't be so hard, right? But I really want blogs, Tumblrs, Twitters, websites, etc. that are funny or snarky or absurd, as well as smart, feminist/liberal, crunchy, scientific, and welcoming of a variety of backgrounds/lifestyles. (Maybe not all at once, but I'll take what I can get.) I'm coming up short. Help? [more inside]
My sense of humor when it comes to television - or rather, what I find funny - doesn't seem to follow a pattern that I can describe. It makes it difficult to tell people what I like, and difficult to trust suggestions/recommendations. Even my husband, despite knowing me better than anyone, really can't guess what I'd find funny any better than a person off the street. Examples of what I like and don't like under the cut. Looking for terms so I can describe my sense of humor to people and get better recommendations for more things I'd like. [more inside]
IE: The guy is watching something funny on TV while on his security monitors there are intruders entering...etc etc
Yet another asking for a friend book recommendation. Looking for teen / older tween books that are based in/around Florida, punny, humor-wordplay, fantasy based, not that usual go-to-guy. [more inside]
Can someone explain this joke in the NYT Book Review? [more inside]
Someone once wrote (paraphrased), "I have done two things I hated every day of my life: woken up and gone to bed." Who said this, and where can I get the rest of the piece in which it appeared? I seem to recall it was Samuel Johnson, but have had no success tracking this quote down.
I'm looking for jokes, usually bad jokes, that work as a series of short jokes where the punchline is in the final joke of the series. Example inside. [more inside]
As previously mentioned, my best pal has a really ugly case of ovarian cancer happening right now. The situation is terrible, the outlook grim. But I know how to make her laugh, which is one of my official jobs on Team Sick Friend. But I need more material! [more inside]
Hi, writers of MeFi! I am an unpublished writer of fiction. I think I am good, or at least, not terrible. No great stylist, but readable. However, I am awful at writing witty dialogue. I can do awkward, I love writing arguments, but I can't do funny. Can you help? [more inside]
My 9-year-old loved Half Magic, The True Meaning of Smekday, and The Phantom Tollbooth. What else might he like? [more inside]
I'm hosting a French teenager this summer and would like to find some English-language videos for her to watch. She really likes Cyprien, a 20-something French YouTube performer. Help me find something similar in English, Hive Mind! [more inside]
I keep finding myself in a peculiar and incredibly disheartening group social dynamic. I need practical guidance on how to "fix" the latest one, and maybe some suggestions on how to head these things off before we get to Suicidal Ideation pass. [more inside]
Can you recommend a Christian book for men, that contains a humorous collection of short stories? [more inside]
Can you point me toward good satirical fiction? [more inside]
What are the successors to photo memes as new forms of online comment/humor? [more inside]
Many years ago I heard a very funny recording that I know not the name of. It consisted of a woman (maybe a former opera singer?) explaining the story of the Wagner opera "Götterdämmerung". [more inside]
Please suggest some funny stuff to write on (fake) hazardous waste labels to decorate the office of the hazmat safety guy who's coming back from sabbatical. The labels look similar to this. [more inside]