What If There Are No Comedy Movies?

Comedy movies are those movies with the intent – to make you laugh your lungs out. Comedy movies largely focus on humour through exaggeration, dramatic irony, character flaws, sarcasm etc. I don’t know why I am spelling all these out, but I guess it’s because we easily get carried away by the entertainment in comedy movies that we rarely ask ‘what constitutes such dramatic awesomeness?’ Anyway, that is not the concern here; my concern, or no, my worry is, what if there are no comedy movies at all?

I can tell you for free that the movie industry would be less fun, and less attractive. With horror movies determined to scare us out of our own bodies, sci-fi movies sworn to play pranks on our collective intellectual pride, romantic movies committed to tingling our emotional diversities, action movies stirring our physical alertness and promoting violence, and finally, fantastic movies flashing the Greek gift before our eyes; the absence of comedy movies to create some balance would be detrimental.

Didn’t somebody say that laughter boosts health? That the more you laugh the higher your chances of having beautiful children – my own thinking. But seriously, comedy does more for us than just to spur laughter. It helps you ease away, it is an escape from the troubles in this life (especially the ones in Nigeria), it is, not alcohol. Without comedy, we’ll be too serious for nothing; you think your boss hardly smiles? Wait till there is no form of comedy.

Because of the foundation that ancient and modern comedies have set, online creations such as Facebook and Twitter are fun places to spend time on. Almost everybody have become comedians on these platforms or in the very least supporters and sharers of funny content. Those who are yet to join the bandwagon are apparently leading boring lifestyles or are just on social media because they learnt that modernity demands it. Pathetic. Comedy movies have created a pathway that many now follow just for the fun of it.

Finally, if there are no comedy movies the world would become really boring and harder than it is. The sun would have no cause to smile when it is rising in the east and absolutely no darn reason to set in the west, the north might just be its destination.

I’d like to know what you think about this but I ain’t giving a penny for your thoughts.

The Power of Three: A Sure-Fire Strategy to Add Humor to Your Speeches

Laughter is caused when a smile has an orgasm. Adding appropriate laughter and humor to your speeches will reduce the tension between you and your audience, allowing you to be perceived as intelligent, personable and approachable. Humor can even be used to cultivate trust between you and your audience!

Unfortunately, many people believe that the ability to be funny is a special talent endowed on a fortunate few; that humor is a talent one is born with, and either you have it, or you don’t. This constitutes a limiting belief that prevents people from trying to be funny.

The good news is that humor can be learned! Here is a sure-fire strategy to add humor and laughter to your next presentation.

The Power of Three

The power of three is a powerful technique to set up a joke, leading to the punchline or punch-word. In this technique, the first two elements are ‘ordinary’, while the third element departs (or stands out) from the chain of logic set up by the first two elements, thereby creating laughter. This allows you to manage the expectations of the audience.

Example #1: “I like women who are pretty, sexy, and… divorced.”

The first two elements – ‘pretty’ and ‘sexy’, sets the chain of logic. The audience would be expecting the third element to follow the same set up, and might expect words along the lines of ‘cute’, ‘hot’ or ‘gorgeous’ to make up the third element in this chain of logic. But ‘divorced’ departs from the chain of logic brought about by the first two elements, creates an element of surprise against the flow of logic, thereby creating laughter!

Example #2: “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when President Carter loses his.” – Ronald Reagan

Here is a brilliant example by a previous American president, who used this strategy to great effect! Notice how the third sentence greatly departs from the chain of logic set up by the first two sentences in this joke. This strategy can also bring about sarcasm (another strategy you can use to humor). In this case, Ronald Reagan cleverly criticised the President Carter by attributing his presidency as a contributing factor to the recession and depression.

Example #3: “The price of rice has gone up, the price of petrol has gone up, and my blood pressure has gone up.”

Again, three clauses are presented in this joke. The first two clauses sets the chain of logic, and manages the expectation of the audience. The third clause departs from the chain of logic set up by the first two clauses, and amounted to something that the audience would not have expected (no one in the audience would have expected the speaker to comment anything about his blood pressure). This creates an element of surprise that caught the audience off-guard!

Conclusion

The Power of Three is a very versatile strategy that you can use to create humor in your speeches. Use it in your next speech to create laughter, and your audience will love you for it.

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Mama Helps Buy a Hat

Mama and her siblings, all seven of them, loved messing with people more than breathing. Those that inherited the Bob Hope, ski slope nose seemed to excel at it. But those with the Wilson noses were close seconds in that talent. Uncle LW could pull out his wallet in a restaurant and count his five one-dollar bills in a way that made you think he had a hundred bucks.

Mama must have forgotten that the day her brother, Cordon, enlisted her help to buy a hat for Granddaddy. Those were the days when a man rarely went out without one of those Sinatra-style hats. Cordon and Mama knew just where to go to shop. More importantly, they knew Granddaddy’s hat size.

Mama and Cordon walked to the corner and caught the city bus directly to Wright’s Men Store. They sold the best hats in town except maybe for the milliner. Wright’s was just fine for most folks.

They looked over the season’s display and picked the style and color Granddaddy wanted. That’s when the trouble started. Cordon made his move, calling the shop assistant over to help finalize the purchase.

The thing was that Cordon’s hat size was about two sizes smaller than Granddaddy’s. But he didn’t tell the salesmen that and shushed Mama when she tried to intervene. Pulling the hat down over his eyes and ears as low as possible, Cordon said, “I like this one. Annie, what do you think?”

By that time, Mama was hiding behind clothing racks as far as possible from the messing. The store assistant tried valiantly to get Cordon to try on a hat that would fit him. But Cordon didn’t budge. He insisted that the hat was just right.

Mama’s family’s had an uncanny ability to tell just about anyone anything with a face as straight as someone in the public defender’s office. It’s amazing that we haven’t needed their services.

Yes, I said we. Those talents run strong and deep in our Scotch-Irish blood. My husband, after almost thirty years of marriage, swears he still can’t tell when I’m prevaricating. That’s just a fancy way of saying pulling his leg. (That ability came in awfully handy when I was teaching. I had a field day with my class every April 1. I was the queen of April Fool’s Day until my nephew overthrew the throne last year. My older brother taught him well.)

Back to Wright’s fine men’s store, the assistant and even the owner finally gave up on reasoning with Cordon. He proudly made his purchase. The hat still firmly down on his nose, he strutted out of the store, calling loudly, “Has anyone seen my sister? A short redhead? She was right here.”

That was one long bus ride back to Worth Street.

Freelance writer and educator Jean Sanders Shumaker is a native Tarheel, living under Carolina blue skies and the towering Rocky Mountains.