Gratitude from A to Z: Humour

I am grateful for humour.

There is joy in making others laugh and there is joy in laughing.

In the later grades of elementary school I sat at the back of the class with my buddy Gerald Togtema. Gerry had a great sense of humour himself but was especially good at amplifying the funny comments I would whisper to him for the whole class to hear. I was grateful that he was willing to take the heat from the teacher.

On the improv stage, failure is funny. We try to do seemingly impossible things like making up a song on the spot. Sometimes there is comedy magic but more often it is falling on our face failure that generates the most laughs. The reality is, the harder you try to be funny, the less funny you are. Funny, not that is, as Yoda would say.

Where do you find funny?

 

 

 

 

4 comments

  • Krys

    Krys St Marys

    Oh humour, I love humour! It takes the sting out of so much in life. If only we could make the world laugh enough, we could probably solve all the other problems! I was fascinated by an article I once saw on the different types of humour. I have a friend who doesn't get the Far Side. Personally I find demeaning humour unfunny. I enjoy puns and completely silly jokes (what's purple and goes slam slam slam slam? A four-door grape. And all those "how do you get an elephant in the fridge?" ones) . I also find things funny that others don't, sometimes to my embarrassment and theirs like the IBM exec who solemnly stood in front of a stressed out team and assured us he cared I laughed out loud and you know I don't laugh silently. A favourite story is my uncles sitting around at their father's funeral telling funny stories. My grandmother was incensed and they defended themselves: "if he were here he'd be doing the same!" Wonderful you did improv! Always thought that would be fun!

    Oh humour, I love humour! It takes the sting out of so much in life. If only we could make the world laugh enough, we could probably solve all the other problems!

    I was fascinated by an article I once saw on the different types of humour. I have a friend who doesn't get the Far Side. Personally I find demeaning humour unfunny. I enjoy puns and completely silly jokes (what's purple and goes slam slam slam slam? A four-door grape. And all those "how do you get an elephant in the fridge?" ones) . I also find things funny that others don't, sometimes to my embarrassment and theirs like the IBM exec who solemnly stood in front of a stressed out team and assured us he cared I laughed out loud and you know I don't laugh silently. A favourite story is my uncles sitting around at their father's funeral telling funny stories. My grandmother was incensed and they defended themselves: "if he were here he'd be doing the same!"

    Wonderful you did improv! Always thought that would be fun!

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    Thanks for the comment Krys and the jokes. I also think its nice to hear laughter at a funeral - it usually means the deceased led a joyful life.

    Thanks for the comment Krys and the jokes. I also think its nice to hear laughter at a funeral - it usually means the deceased led a joyful life.

  • david

    david ward

    you are a funny guy, rob. hugely so. i also think it's nice to hear laughter at a funeral. i find funny in wordplay. :)

    you are a funny guy, rob. hugely so. i also think it's nice to hear laughter at a funeral.

    i find funny in wordplay.

    smile

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    Thanks for reading and commenting David.

    Thanks for reading and commenting David.

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