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Hello Laughmates,

Hope you’re having fun and making profits, making yourself and other people laugh.

Start adding physical movement to your joke telling to grab more attention, to keep more people listening and of course to make the joke more enjoyable and funnier. You don’t have to be a clown or a comic dancer to do it, and it doesn’t require years of developing skills or acting classes.

Physically funny can be as simple as the joke about the little boy who walked into the milk bar and said to the sales girl “I’ll have 10 cents worth of chocolate babies please, and make them all boys” the girl said “There is not (click fingers) that much difference”. The kid said “I know, but there is (click fingers) that much more chocolate”.

What you can do is make an effort to find comic bits of business and jokes, which utilise fingers, hands and arms as ways of exploring your comic possibilities.

There’s a story about a bloke whose arm was bent at the elbow and his left hand was pressed against his side like this (do action). He staggered into a shop, lent on a counter and fumbled for some money with his free hand and said “I’ll have some cigarettes please miss, would you light one for me?” the sales girl said “Oh you poor man, you must have been in a bad accident to have your arm twisted like that”. The bloke looked down at his arm and said “Holy heck I’ve lost my watermelon”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hello Laughmates,

Hope you’re having fun and making profits, making yourself and other people laugh.

In joke alert 118 we mentioned the different joke tellers and we focussed on the 4th, the Sick wit. Here we will look at the 3rd, the clowning wit, by far the most successful joke teller because they tell jokes that put themselves down. It’s called…

Self-deprecation comedy 

Self-deprecation comedy gives the audience permission to laugh at the joke teller’s idiosyncrasies and eccentricities.

It removes…

The ego barrier

The expert fence

The authority wall

…between the joke teller and the audience.

The classic self put down joke teller is the joke teller who can’t win, For example…

‘I can’t win…I bought some bananas and opened them up and they were empty.’

‘I can’t win…I paid a genealogist $500 to trace my family tree, then I had to pay another $500 to have it hushed up.’

‘I can’t win…the other day I joined the anti-inflation league, on the same day they raised their membership fee.’

‘I can’t win…I got a hernia once, during a consciousness raising session.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Laughmates,

Hope you’re having fun and making profits, making yourself and other people laugh.

To make it simple, I like to classify the application of the sexual nature of joke in three ways.

  1. Green – which are clean jokes
  2. Blue – which are risqué jokes
  3. Red – which are dirty jokes

Used with skill I believe they all have their place in the world of complex relationships and personalities.
There’s an old saying, the worst joke at the right time is better than the best joke at the wrong time. When it comes down to the sexual content of a joke it’s the:

People
At the place
At the time
In the situation
Under the circumstances

We must become aware of the difference between positive humour/jokes and negative humour/jokes. This is the art of joke telling that you will learn. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Laughmates,
Hope you’re having fun and making profits, making yourself and other people laugh.
So the first step to joke your way to success is to follow the advice of the sales trainer Tom Hopkins, who said ‘I find that our great champions, the ones who earn huge incomes for themselves and families are people who have changed their attitudes and learnt to handle the same pressures and anxieties that defeat most people.  Every time you are rejected in any way, tell yourself ‘I never see failure as failure but only as a way of developing my sense of humour.’

We have been trained not to use humour and not to tell jokes, to believe that the more serious you are, the more successful you’ll be.  That was rubbish years ago and even more so today in the ‘use your sense of humour century (sanity century)’. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Laughmates,

Hope you’re having fun and making profits, making yourself and other people laugh.

No matter how good the joke you’re telling is, you can always improve the telling, the timing and the laugh response by using the 15 don’ts of joke telling.

Let’s look at 3 so-so jokes first and then the 15 don’ts of joke telling. When you tell these jokes, or any jokes, practice using the 15 don’ts and they’re guaranteed to punch up the laughs.

Joke 1

A business coach dies and reports to the pearly gates. St Peters’ checks his dossier and says, “Ahh, you’re a business coach, you’re in the wrong place.” So the business coach then reports to the gates of Hell and is welcomed. Soon the business coach gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell and starts designing and implementing improvements. After a while they’ve got an air conditioning team, a burning sulphur health centre, and a Demon customer service system.  Soon the business coach is a pretty popular guy. One day God called Satin up on the telephone and says with a sneer, “So how’s it going down there in Hell?” Satin replies, “Hey, things are going great, we’ve got air conditioning, no more smelly burning sulphur and happy Demons. And there’s no telling what the Business coach is going to come up with next.” God replies, “What??? You’ve got a business coach, that’s a mistake – he should never have gone down there, send him up here.” Satin said, “No way, I like having a business coach on the staff and I’m keeping him.” God said, “Send him back up here or I’ll sue the hell out of you.” Satin laughs like hell and yells from hell, “Yeah right and just where are you going to get a lawyer?” Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Laughmates,

Hope you’re having fun and making profits, making yourself and other people laugh.

Karfoolfing is the discovery of the states of feeling and being funny. A guides for performers, speakers, trainers, communicators, teachers, trainers, entertainers and comedians to enable them to discover their abilities, skills, talents, knowledge, energies, attitudes, accents, weaknesses and above all, their full emotional melody.

We all have unlimited abilities, characters, emotions, possessions and experiences, discover them and use them to communicate spontaneously to the people, in the place, at the time, under the circumstances, for the laugh response you want for your jokes.

Finding the many faces and sides of your real ridiculous self, spend some time listing any skills, talents, oddities or unusual abilities (specific comedy talents SCT).

Spend some time listing any impersonations of animals, insects, weird phenomena etc.

Spend some time listing any amusing, unusual, nonsensical, sound effects etc etc

Really get ready and get to know your full emotional melody. Do 30 minutes of Karfoolfing, two or three times a week.

List all of what you can do and put them into your jokes. Become a vocal gymnast, a guru of gurning, a master of playful movement, a lover of spontaneous behaviour,  a factory of funny sounds, a natural playful person, feel fantastic being funny.

Do lots of ranting and raving, get in touch with being embarrassed and loving it. Let loose your stream of consciousness comedy communication.

Pack your jokes with tonnes of Karfoolfing.

Using the following 3 jokes, rewrite the them, produce them, direct them, rehearse them, rant and rave them, perform them once you’ve adding three or more Karfoolfing skills to each. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Laughmates,

Hope you’re having fun and making profits, making yourself and other people laugh.

Let’s look at writing some topical jokes, it can be a lot of fun and you can make profits when you know how to write and sell the jokes.

One sure way of writing jokes, is to pick emotional, topical, community themes that you’re hearing and reading about all the time. A theme that’s being discussed by different groups within the community. A theme that can release the anxiety and tension from the different groups, that fear it and don’t understand it.  They feel better when they hear it being sent up and made fun of. There is nothing new in this, frustrated husbands have been telling mother in law jokes ever since the mother in law became the mother in law. This is aggressive humour, so when you deliver jokes of this type put yourself down first, have a sense of fun and deliver it in a joking, playful way. Read the rest of this entry »