1 Thing You Never Knew About Funny

Abhishek Verma
3 min readNov 22, 2019

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.

Not everyone has the power to tickle your funny bone. What is it that we find funny? What is the secret mix inside what we find funny? What makes anything funny? I have one word for you:

What is benign violation you may ask?

We all store information in chunks. Like if I say dogs, then, you imagine a dog and everything related is accessible like dogs like to play, bark, roll on the grass etc. Now, if I say I went to a meeting presided by a dog and he woofed me to the meeting. You find this amusing and it’s most of the times the premise of jokes. You take things out of their normal context and put somewhere else to make it funnier, to amuse you. Your ideas are violated on a benign level which means a subtle violation of your present set of ideas. It’s also a subtle violation if its something you never thought of but hey, that’s a good thing right, expanding your horizons.

Like the two were something we usually don’t think of and thus, they amuse us.

Let’s not be anymore boorish and let’s tell you how to be funny:

  1. Be unpredictable: Do the unexpected, people will laugh.
  2. Pack the punch in the end: Start from a boring sentence and end with an expected turn, ALWAYS. I went to the courthouse today, the judge was there, he was naked, though. Something like this.
  3. Draw from your real life: Tell stories from your real-life and make them funny. Follow tip #2 as much as you can. You won’t perfect it in a day.
  4. Be the joke yourself: You can also be the butt of joke yourself and laugh with others. It shows you are supremely confident in yourself.