If you can pull out a joke in class, you might ease tensions, ease the mood, and gain the admiration of your friends. In addition, laughter is contagious! If you're funny in class, you're going to see your popularity increase and your social life improving, but it's going to take some effort and practice to find the right balance.
Part 1 of 4: identify the different styles of humor
Step 1. Try Affiliate Humor
This kind of humor uses foundations you have in common with other people to connect with them when you tell a joke. By using everyday life situations familiar to your audience, you can connect them to each other by finding humor in their day to day lives.
Jerry Seinfeld is known for using affiliate humor. He often uses personal experiences that others can relate to, such as standing in line at the bank, to accentuate his humorous observations. By doing a quick internet search, you will be able to get a better idea of his use of affiliate humor
Step 2. Study examples of aggressive humor
This kind of humor involves belittling or insulting certain individuals to make your audience laugh. In some cases, this could involve insults directed at a member of the audience, but it's important to understand that some people might not respond well to this kind of humor or feel uncomfortable. When you use that kind of humor to threaten someone or put psychological pressure on it, it becomes harassment.
Joan Rivers and Don Rickles use that kind of aggressive humor that involves putting other people down. If you think this kind of humor might be right for you, you could search the internet to see how the artists who use it wield it
Step 3. Use self-deprecation
Knowing how to make fun of yourself lightly is always healthy and fun, and it's also a great way to deal with stress. On top of that, it's often easier for your audience to relate to the funny events in your life which could then make your type of humor more effective.
John Stewart is known for his use of self-deprecation. In some cases, at the start of the joke, he might say something like, “I'm probably not the smartest guy…” to introduce an absurd fact that he noticed
Step 4. Understand the aggressive self-mockery
This kind of humor consists of lowering oneself more violently than the previous one to gain sympathy or laughter from one's audience and can sometimes be psychologically unhealthy. In some cases, it develops from chronic bullying where the person makes a bad joke about themselves before their bully is able to.
If you want to learn this kind of humor, you can search the Internet for Rodney Dangerfield who is famous for his very aggressive self-deprecation
Part 2 of 4: understanding humor
Step 1. Understand what is funny
People can often tell the difference between a real story and a funny story, which is why you should try to figure out what you find most natural. Think about the things that you find more fun and enjoyable. Do you like to joke on others? Do you like to tell jokes? Do you like to joke about things and others?
While you may not know what style of humor works best for you until you try, you are likely going to find things that work better for you than others. Don't be afraid to develop some solid basic skills before you develop areas where it might be more difficult
Step 2. Learn some funny situations
You and your classmates might have specific tastes, but there are some situations that everyone finds funny. You will become a funnier person if you can see the humorous side of everyday situations.
- Pain is a very common trigger for humor. This is probably one of the reasons that the end of a joke is called the “fall” or that makes characters like Bugs Bunny or actors like the Jackass hilarious. For some inexplicable reason, human beings find the pain of others and the accidents they experience funny.
- For example, when you bump your ulnar nerve while sitting at your desk, you may exaggerate the pain by screaming and rolling on the floor. This exaggeration will make your comrades laugh.
- Inappropriate situations are also things that make people laugh. You might make others laugh with things that seem unrelated to the current situation or with responses to unexpected events. This kind of situation can also help reduce anxiety in situations where things are going wrong. If you do something embarrassing in class, such as dropping your books on the floor, you will make others laugh by calling attention to your mistake (instead of pretending nobody noticed it), because they are not going to expect this reaction from you.
Step 3. Find out what makes your audience laugh
At school, you will likely have two distinct audiences: your classmates and your teachers. To find a type of humor that will make the greatest number of people laugh, you need to factor in the things that everyone will find funny. References to popular culture, puns, jokes and gestural humor are sure sources of humor.
Observe the funny pupils at school. What do they do ? How do they tell their jokes? This might give you an idea of how to go about reaching your audience, but don't try to copy others
Step 4. Be respectful of others
Some people will take even the most laid-back humor seriously, which could make some people feel hurt or even create a grudge. Watch who you can joke with and who gets hurt easily. To be funny in class, you need to express your humor in a way that everyone can appreciate.
Step 5. Practice balanced humor
Even though you might want to earn the reputation of being a “class clown,” you should never forget that there is a balance between being funny and being mean. You'd better avoid jokes that might hurt or ridicule others. Some of your friends might also resent you if you exercise your humor at their expense. Your goal is to be funny, not to harass others.
You will find it easier to use humor in class if others know you well. If you're new, start small and slowly build your character up so other students find you funny, not annoying
Step 6. Know your limits
There are times when you will make everyone in class laugh by playing the clown, but there will be times when it will annoy everyone. Don't overdo it and stop if you are asked to stop.
A good comedian can generally gauge his audience. If you've touched on a sensitive topic or see that your audience isn't in the mood for your jokes, you better save your jokes for next time
Part 3 of 4: Developing your character
Step 1. Trust your instincts
The humor comes from a basis of truth. It must feel natural to you so that it is fun for others. Even if you don't make others laugh out loud from the start, you still need to feel comfortable with the type of humor you practice.
Some people are naturally funnier than others. Don't worry, even if you struggle with your sense of humor at first, you can learn to communicate it better by practicing it
Step 2. Use self-deprecation
Many professional comedians become the butt of their own jokes, especially the mean ones. This is a process called “self-deprecating” and can help put others at ease because they know you are not going to laugh at them.
- Self-deprecation, for example, is very common in jokes about lawyers that lawyers even tell themselves! These kinds of jokes assume that all lawyers are corrupt. Here's an example: "Why don't sharks prey on avocados?" Because they don't attack their fellows! "
- Self-deprecation is also a good way to disarm the attacks of others, especially those of people who harass others. By humorously acknowledging that you are not good at biology or that you have ugly glasses, you take away the power from others to make you feel self-conscious about it if they wanted to use it against you..
Step 3. Use surprise and distraction
People often find an unexpected fall or turnaround funny. You might make them laugh by creating a difference between the outcome they expect and the outcome that occurs.
For example, you could ask your teacher if he would punish you for something you didn't do. If he says no, you can answer him: “very good, because I didn't do my homework”. This joke will be more fun if you've done your homework because it will set up two unexpected twists and turns
Step 4. Develop a sense of community with your humor
A big part of humor is sharing experiences with people who can understand them. If you aim for situations that many other of your classmates may also experience, such as a difficult math test or poor quality food in the canteen, people are generally going to find you more entertaining.
Step 5. Turn your weaknesses into strength
Accept your weaknesses. If you are awkward from birth, don't be embarrassed. Make it a unique feature of your humorous game. People who seem confident tend to be seen as funny by others.
Part 4 of 4: practice
Step 1. Work on the sarcasm
Sarcasm is a classic tool used by funny people, and it can even help build your brain! Sarcasm is actually a "true lie," which means it works on the premise of saying the opposite of what you are obviously thinking. For example, if your teacher gives you a homework assignment, you might say, "I think you aren't giving us enough homework, could we have more?""
You can also use sarcasm to respond to sarcasm. If someone gives you a sarcastic comment, you might say, “Oh, sarcasm, how original! The difference between what you say ("the sarcasm is original") and what you mean ("the sarcasm is not original") might make the person listening to you laugh. A similar use of one sarcasm in response to another might be even more fun, as you ironically use one sarcasm to respond to another
Step 2. Pretend you misunderstand
This technique relies on the use of the double meaning of words. Often times, you can accentuate that kind of humor while waiting for the right context to present itself. For example, if someone tells you they have to go to class, you might say, “Is it a long class?"
- You can also try this kind of humor with your teacher. For example, if he tells you that you cannot sleep in class, you can answer him: "Maybe if there was less noise, it would be possible!" "
- This kind of technique works best with people you know. If you pretend you don't understand what people you don't know are saying it might hurt them, they might feel insulted or frustrated.
Step 3. Complete other people's sentences
It can work with your teacher if he's cool enough. While he is speaking, you may want to think of more interesting ways to end what he is saying. For example, if he starts his sentence with: "when I was a child", you could for example continue by saying: "let me guess, you were traveling like a dinosaur!"
When chatting with your teacher, you should keep your comments light-hearted and not insulting them. If you know he takes comments about his weight badly, you should avoid making jokes about it
Step 4. Fill up on ammo
To be funny, you need to seem like you're not making an effort by making jokes. Think about any jokes, scenarios, or topics that you find funny when you are at home. Then practice making these jokes in front of the mirror so you can work on your facial expressions. Some jokes will be more fun if you tell them with a neutral expression, which is why you should practice doing it by comparing the joke with a neutral face and a face as usual.
Stay on topic with your jokes. The jokes you tell about math class aren't going to hit the mark in history class. Prepare different jokes for different situations you might find yourself in
Step 5. Answer the questions in bizarre or unexpected ways
If your teacher asks you a question, respond with a completely irrelevant answer. You could use a random word like "banana" or a totally different answer, for example: "the capital of Austria is Vienna".
Use this technique wisely! If you do it too often, it will probably irritate your teachers or your classmates will think you are rude
Step 6. Use props
Humor with props can work especially well for jokes with a fall. For example, you could bring a March to school. If someone gets angry in class, give them the Mars and say, "Come on, a Mars and it goes again!""
Situational humor also works well with props. If your teacher often tells you that everything he says goes in one ear and comes out the other, you might come to class one day with cotton balls taped to your ears. When your teacher asks you why you are doing this, tell them that you are preventing what they are saying from coming out of your ears
Step 7. Work on your body language
For example, you could raise your hand and make a V with your fingers. When your teacher sees you, you might tell him or her that you don't want to ask questions, but just want to spread peace to the world. In this case, it's fun, because your teacher can't get mad at you or they'll get mad at the idea of spreading peace to the world.
- Gesture humor can be fun, but remember that you shouldn't make fun of or ridicule others. For example, don't make fun of a disabled classmate by imitating them, it's not fun, it's mean.
- You might have a gesture, a way of dancing or doing something that makes you unique. You could use it to your advantage during your jokes. When others ask you, "What are you doing?" ", You can simply answer them:" sometimes I feel the need to dance! "
Step 8. Make good-natured jokes
Jokes that are mean or that hurt others are never acceptable and can even be considered harassment. There are many ways to make funny jokes that don't hurt anyone. For example, we tell the story of a final year class who hired a troop of mariachis to follow the principal of their school all day. He found it so much fun that he even shared it on Twitter.
- Take your time to develop your comic character. You may have to try a few different things before you find what works best for you.
- Don't try to be someone you're not. The best humor will come from what you personally find funny and comfortable.
- Don't be cruel to your classmates or someone who harasses you. It is never fun to insult, belittle, or hurt others.
- You could get into serious trouble if you clown too much or make insulting jokes or comments, for example you could end up in the principal's office, take hours of detention, be deprived of recess, be punished home or even get fired for a period.