They say laughing is good for your health. It is not yet clear which mechanisms in our brain are responsible for laughter, but we do know that it is caused by multiple sensations and thoughts that take place simultaneously and that cause different parts of our body to react. We also know that laughter is social, contagious, and best of all, we usually feel good after we laugh and when we manage to make someone laugh.
Method 1 of 2: With words
Step 1. Tell a joke
A joke, word or gesture can provoke laughter or amuse an audience. It ranges from a simple guessing game to a long, detailed story that includes a fall.
- A riddle begins with a question, followed by an answer that will surprise the other person. For example: "How do you put an elephant in a refrigerator in three steps?" One: we open the door. Two: put the elephant in the refrigerator. Three: we close the door. "
- Private jokes, which only a few people can understand, are funny because they allow a group to share a common experience. This experience makes you all happy and allows you to share a moment with someone in an intimate way, which will cause laughter.
- Remember that jokes don't have to be funny, they should above all make the other person react. To get there, you can simply tell a joke that concerns him, about his way of thinking, to make him feel good or that strengthens your friendship or bond.
Step 2. Play word games
A play on words forces the interlocutor to think twice to understand the meaning of a word or phrase. For example:
- “It has happened to me to listen to a deaf person. He could hear no better.
- “You have noticed that we say a beef steak, a prime rib, a roast beef… But as soon as the beast seems suspicious, it's the cow that goes mad! "
- "If I have the chance, I would rather die in my lifetime!" "
Step 3. Use derision or sarcasm
Sarcasm is used to present the obvious in a given situation in a teasing or mocking way. Be careful with sarcasm though, you can easily hurt someone if the person doesn't pick up on your sarcastic tone.
- Learn to be sarcastic first by recognizing someone who is and then trying to imitate or parody that person in the tone, language, and remarks they use. Don't hesitate to ask the other person if they think your remark was sarcastic or witty.
- Being sarcastic means giving an answer that is the opposite of what is expected. "Do you like the dessert I made?" " " No ! It is really horrible! You make people laugh by emphasizing obvious obviousness.
- You can also make sarcastic remarks to pick up on an absurd point. "Is my car still in front of the door?" "No, the last time I saw her she was at the bottom of the lake. "
Step 4. Make people laugh with jokes
A joke, a good word, a witticism… are jokes that last in a sentence.
For example: “My God, my God, deliver us from all religions. "
Step 5. Have repartee
A repartee or retort is a humorous response to a mockery or mockery.
- The best repartees are those said at the same time, quickly, so that the person to whom it is intended is taken by surprise.
- For example: “What a beautiful wig, Jeanne! What is it made of? "" Hair from your mother's chest. "
Step 6. Dare to laugh at yourself
It means that you are telling jokes or making remarks about yourself.
- Laugh at your glaring flaws. For example, if you are very tall, feel free to joke about it so that people around you feel less intimidated by your height.
- Make jokes about your misfortunes. If you are in debt because you are a serial shopper, joke about your inability to stop yourself from buying the 200th pair of shoes.
- Joke about your whims. If you're afraid of slugs and you know it's irrational, make a joke of it. People like to laugh at things that seem absurd or ridiculous, especially when you are the first to laugh at your own nonsense.
Step 7. Take advantage of a Freudian slip
It's the kind of joke where your subconscious inadvertently slips an inappropriate word into your speech. You can do it on purpose, but slip-ups are funnier when they're unintentional.
- “I worked for seven years alongside President Reagan. We have had victories. We have had defeats. We have had adventures… er… setbacks”(a Freudian slip by President George W. Bush).
- Watching a detergent commercial on TV, Laurent asks his girlfriend to give him the phone, but in fact he asks her: "Honey, are you passing me the soap?" "
Step 8. Make people laugh with an understatement
A euphemism is a reduction in the seriousness of an action or event. This helps to relax the atmosphere and minimize tension or anxiety about an action or event.
- If your friend gets stung by a bee and has an allergic reaction that makes his face swell, say, "Oh, it's not that bad. It just looks like you overdo the blush this morning! "
- You can also use euphemisms to lessen the severity of a bad outcome. " It could have been worse. We could have been there for 10 hours instead of 3! "
Method 2 of 2: With actions
Step 1. Make a hilarious impersonation of someone
You need to make sure that you can imitate a person you know or a famous person who is easy to recognize.
- For example, if you want to emulate actor Christopher Walken, focus on his voice, which is very recognizable by its very dry tone. You can easily make someone laugh by imitating voices.
- You can practice watching videos or listening to recordings of Christopher Walken speaking or walking to fully understand his accent, voice inflections and gestures. An imitation will be all the funnier if the person is known for their jerky movements or the particular way they hold themselves.
Step 2. Play the clown
You can clown by recreating absurd scenes in an aggressive, even violent way. From the Marx Brothers to the Three Stooges, this humor has a knack for turning easy humor into art.
- You don't have to start spreading everyone's bread or slipping on a banana peel, but you can start gently, for example by pretending to trip over a rug at a party or pouring your drink into a vase. instead of a drink.
- If you don't want to hurt yourself or tire yourself out, you can also suggest watching videos of other clowning people on the internet.
Step 3. Use parody or satire
Satire and parody are kinds of “sarcasm in action”. They go hand in hand with irony to make fun of the absurdity of a real situation.
For example, you can create a satirical version of a popular song by replacing the title and chorus with something silly like the cover of Diam's "Night Confessions" by Michael Youn and Pascal Obispo in "Nighttime Bad Faith"
Step 4. Play pranks
Pranks, tricks and hoaxes are all ways to trick someone into making them laugh. It's best to go after good friends, as they may strike back.
- A classic prank involves wrapping a car in cellophane or covering it with post-its. When your friend is away or busy, completely cover their car with cellophane or post-its. It's easy to remove and everyone can laugh about it.
- Unscrew the spout of a faucet and place a coloring pellet there. When you screw the spout back on and someone turns on the tap, the tablet will dissolve and the water will be colored. Again, this prank is safe for you and others.
- Avoid repetition, it can get boring quickly.
- Timing is very important to make people laugh. So choose the right time during a conversation to make a humorous point and when everyone is listening to you so that it doesn't fall flat.
- Surprise your audience.