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A Complete Guide to Getting Funny

The easiest way to pick up more wit is to observe other people with a great sense of humor. Listen to comedy podcasts, go to stand-up shows, or read funny texts. It’s important to keep honing your language skills while talking to others and appearing confident so people will know that you believe in yourself. Think creatively and have fun while doing it; then others will see you as witty and funny.

Find opportunities to show off your wit

Respond to questions or statements with humor.

Being witty isn’t just about memorizing jokes and sayings – it’s about learning to respond with quick wit. Try answering normal questions with a wink to sharpen your skills. For example, if someone asks you how you would spend $1 million, “With the greatest pleasure” would be a quick-witted and witty response. If you have trouble coming up with such creative answers, try a direct and dry approach. When asked, “What’s up?” you could answer something like: “Everything that doesn’t move and doesn’t stand still.”

Think outside the box to create offbeat jokes.

Funny people see the world from an interesting perspective that allows them to develop unusual formulations and phrases. Find your perspective or insights and turn them into ideas for witty talking points. Stay tuned with current affairs, pop culture and other news and information. These provide the material you need to form an opinion about world affairs. Make connections between words and their different meanings. When talking about Spider-Man, joke around with the word “web,” which in this case could refer to a spider web or it could refer to the internet.

Prepare puns.

While they often sound more like ordinary jokes than brilliant wit, clever wordplay can create intriguing mental connections. As you practice using puns, you will increasingly develop spontaneous ideas. A pun would be like: “If you stand with both feet on the ground, you won’t make any progress at all.” To improve your puns, you should acquire as large a vocabulary as possible, experiment with rhymes and research puns on the Internet from time to time.

Work on your appearance

Choose your material according to your audience.

While you should develop your own unique sense of humor, you shouldn’t lose sight of your audience – different types of people find different things funny or distasteful. Consider age, political orientation, and likes and dislikes of certain pop culture phenomena. You shouldn’t make harsh jokes about religion in a group of religious people. You can use a different language with your friends than with your grandparents.

Be confident in your body language and tone.

If you want to impress people, you have to exude confidence and show them that you’re comfortable in your skin and with your sense of humor. Stand up straight, speak clearly, and maintain eye contact when making jokes. This will make you look relaxed and confident. Conversely, if you mumble into your beard, people may ask you to repeat yourself, and the humor will be lost. Wit is sharp and nimble. Don’t hesitate too long or your funny comment will lose its current relevance.

Listen to the people around you.

Instead of focusing your mind on the next joke, stop and listen to what’s going on around you. This allows you to understand a conversation and make perfectly appropriate comments. It’s also great to get inspiration from funny things other people say.

Be short in your jokes.

The best sayings are usually extremely short. Don’t ramble, but fire off short replies that hit the mark. For example, when the time comes, you might remark, “Velcro fasteners – that’s why there’s a far too big rip open!”

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

It’s difficult to come up with a good joke all the time. Don’t freak out if someone pisses their pants. Keep practicing and you’ll become more accurate. If nobody’s laughing at a joke, shrug and say, “Damn, the wrong audience – next time, it’ll work.”

Learn from bright people

Listen to comedy podcasts.

There are tons of podcasts you can listen to, from interviews with famous comedians to hilarious talk shows about current affairs. A quick online search will give you a general idea, and once you’ve found a good podcast, you’ll get links to similar artists there. Sources like these are great sources of inspiration and help you understand what people find funny.

Read funny authors.

These can be classics, such as those by Shakespeare, blogs about humor in everyday conversations, or novels full of witty phrases and allusions. Overall, read as much as possible – the more you know about the world, the more likely you will develop an unbiased and individual view of things. Memoirs of famous comedians are often very funny and full of interesting anecdotes. Mark Twain, for example, was famous for his witty writing style. Satire websites like The Postillon are also good sources.

Watch funny performances.

You can listen to other people’s jokes while observing how they present themselves through their body language. For example, tune in to comedy programs on TV, click through YouTube, or go to a cabaret. Saturday Night or Today Show are funny TV classics. Search online for movies and shows with quick-witted characters. Check out comedy clubs in your city.

Learn new words to expand your vocabulary.

You will probably also learn new or rarely used words when you meet funny people. Adding these to your active vocabulary will not only make you seem smarter, but you’ll also be able to make new connections between words, allowing you to communicate more wittily. Sign up for an online service that teaches you a new word every day, or check the Duden from time to time in your free time.


About the Author


Linda Jeasie

Linda Jeasie is a writer and content editor with over a decade of experience covering consumer gadgets and mobile tech. Before going freelance, she got her start as an editor at, a coupon and review website. These days she writes about gaming, life hacks, apps and software, and financial subjects for a variety of publications.