B – BOOST YOUR HEALTH – “Laugher is the Best Medicine” is more than just a saying. When you laugh, your body releases the feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins improve your mood and also help dull pain. Studies have shown that laughter can reduce stress, boost the immune system, increase blood flow, and so much more. That’s nothing to laugh at.
A - ARISTOTLE’S SUPERIORITY THEORY – Originally, it was believed that humor was the feeling we felt when we looked down upon others or ourselves (Superiority Theory). In the 18th Century two new theories on humor were introduced. The Relief Theory points out the humor is also found in the resolution of tension. And the Incongruity Theory shows us how we laugh at things that break patterns. These guys are really serious about their humor.
C - CREATE CHARACTERS – One of the easiest ways to make anything a little bit funnier is to change your voice, switch your stance, or do your best impersonation of anyone you’re not. Test it out yourself; just try reading this text like a Pirate, ya scurvy dog!
O - OBSERVATIONAL COMEDY – Did you ever notice that when you talk about something we can all relate to and give it a surprising twist…people laugh? “Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth, and you put a little curlicue at the end.” Sid Caesar
N - NOT GETTING THE JOKE – Knowing your audience puts the punch in your line, the giggle in your gag, and the jolly in your joke. Telling a joke that no one gets not only tenses the comedian but makes the whole audience feel uncomfortable. That can lead to stress and reverses everything that we learned in letter “B!”
So, practice your puns, study your stand-up, ready your riddles, and never miss a chance to smile, laugh, giggle or grin!