Learning how to be funny can make everything easier. Let me tell you a story. A year ago, I was having dinner with my favorite person. But I hadn’t said anything remotely funny in the last hour. The dinner was great. The company was great. The awkwardness was great.
You’ll be more successful if you know how to make people laugh.
Use The Rule of 3
At its most basic level, the Rule of 3 establishes a pattern, then ends with something unexpected. For example, I say red, white, and blue. But what if I say red, white, and barf. It’s kind of funny, and your brain perks up because it was an unexpected turn to the Rule of 3.
Play with Numbers
For those of you who dread numbers: fear not. Numbers are your best friend when it comes to being funny. Why? Because numbers are specific. When something is small, numbers tell. When something is big, numbers tell. When someone is a jerk, numbers tell. (Please forget the last sentence, but the first two are true).
When we tell a story, there are usually multiple characters in that story. More often than not, those characters have very distinct personas that people will make assumptions about. In the story of Jennifer Lawrence getting into a bar fight in Budapest, two characters are involved: Jennifer and the aggressor.
Use a Character Switch
#5 Give her a unique compliment
The easiest way to be funny is highlighting actual funny things that happen in your everyday life. This is much easier than trying to come up with jokes on the spot. Exceptionally funny people track everything they find funny and then practice sharing it.
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