3 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Your Readers Laugh
December 17, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park
Everyone loves to laugh. So, just imagine how successful your blog will be if you can make people laugh on demand. People will jump at the chance to subscribe.
But how can I make people laugh? I’m just not that funny.
Luckily, you can learn how to be funny since making people laugh is a skill. You can develop this skill the same way master comedians like Chris Rock and Dane Cook do it because it is simple. They all use the sure-fire, laughter inducing, joke templates and here I will go through some of them with you.
1. Rule of Three
Raise your hand if you’re familiar with some of Chris Rock’s HBO specials. Do you remember when Chris Rock said, “There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” How funny was that?
Well, he used one of the most common joke templates out there. It is the rule of three. If you want to use the rule of three, you start with a statement and then build off that statement with two reasonable responses and one ridiculous response. The ridiculous response acts as the surprise and helps invoke laughter.
2. The Reversal
Now how many of you are familiar with Rodney Dangerfield? One of his favorite joke templates was the role reversal. This is when you make a seemingly innocent statement and conclude it with something unexpected. It can either be a “play on words,” “a ridiculous circumstance,” or just something that contradicts the statement.
Here are some great Rodney Dangerfield jokes that used this template:
- “I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample, it had an olive in it.”
- “I have good looking kids. Thank goodness my wife cheats on me.”
- “My uncles dying wish – he wanted me on his lap. He was in the electric chair.”
3. Remixed Cliche
Cliches are old and over used. However, many master comedians reform these cliches and change them into something hilarious.
George Carlin executed this perfectly when he said, “If you can’t beat them, arrange to have them beaten.”
Here are some cliches that you can feel free to remix:
- “been there, done that.”
- “beat around the bush”
- “selling like hotcakes”
- “avoid like the plague”
- “its not you its me”
- “that’s adding insult to injury”
- “the straw that broke the camel’s back”
- “pushing the envelope”
The Bottom Line
Humor isn’t for everyone, but once you get someone laughing, you win.
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