How to be Funny

Daja Haleem, Reporter

Why didn’t the toilet paper cross the road? Because it got stuck in the crack. Do I regret starting this off with that joke? Maybe, but that’s the thing about being funny–it’s not about thinking it’s just about doing it. Just going for it. 

If you want to be funny, the first step is to know your audience. Here’s the thing about having an audience, you need to know what they like. For example, if they like macaroni and cheese, then you should make a joke about macaroni and cheese, but maybe not, because it might be a little bit cheesy. 

 You have to know when it’s the right time in the right moment to make a joke. You would not walk into a funeral and say hey I’m about to put the fun in funeral. 

Step two have a great, no, an amazing attitude. You want to make people happy, not bring them down. What I’m trying to say is don’t make fun of people. For instance, if someone tripped over a clown in the bathroom,don’t make fun of them for falling, make fun of the situation. Like why was the clown there in the bathroom?

Step three is to be relatable; people like it when they feel connected to someone. For example, if I got the new iPhone and you didn’t, I’m not going to make jokes about it because you don’t have it. 

Step four is to always be yourself, I understand that the whole thing is about how to be funny but let’s talk about what not to do. A big no no is to change yourself just to get people to laugh. So what i’m trying to say is be yourself. If you’re trying to make someone laugh, and they only laugh at people falling, don’t do it! Don’t go out of your way to hurt yourself just to make someone laugh; it’s not worth it. 

Now, let’s talk about your personality. There are people who get along with people easily and everyone loves them. Then, there are people that are too shy to speak, they stick to themselves, and maybe no one even knows who you are. The first option is the one you want to strive to be. 

Finally, there are a couple key components for you to consider. 

Being funny should not feel like a job to you;  you should not feel obligated to make someone laugh. You have to let things flow out of you like you were born with it. 

Making someone laugh when they’re sad should be the best feeling in the world knowing that you can cure someone’s sadness. 

While you may not be a professional comedian, you can start being funny just by telling jokes. And, in fact, if telling jokes isn’t necessarily your strong suit, you can do a silly dance, or create a funny song. Try out some different forms of making people laugh. 

Did your hear about that guy who got his whole left side cut off. What a shame. I don’t know how it happened but he all right now.