Laughter is really the best medicine, and it has been humor that has helped me cope through my darkest days, and there have been many. The positive and healing power of humor cannot be measured. Over the years, people have asked me questions about humor, and I'll share a few of those questions and answers with you.
QUESTION: What is the most important thing I should know about getting into humor wanting to be a funnier person?
ANSWER: Be honest with yourself! I can't emphasize this enough. Take an inventory of yourself...your abilities; your capabilities; and limitations and ask yourself, if you have what it takes to get into comedy. At some point in time, you're going to get embarrassed; you will fail; you will embarrass others; you're going to say the wrong thing at the wrong time; you're going to eat a "little crow" along the way; you're going to get a little "egg on your face"; your timing and delivery will be off and you will stumble and you might even get slapped in the face if you're not careful, etc.
Humor is quite subjective! What is funny to one person, may be an insult to somebody else! Care has to be taken about what you say; what you do; where you say it; who you say it to, etc. Ask yourself, "Can I embarrass myself and come back?" If you can't, find something else to do. If you can embarrass somebody else...can you apologize for it? If you get into humor, it's just a matter of time, when you do this. Your 15 minutes of fame, could turn into 15 minutes of shame if you're not careful. All of us in humor do this...it comes with the territory. I don't want to discourage anyone from getting into humor, but you know the honest facts and be prepared to deal with it. That's why you MUST be honest with yourself!
.QUESTION: Can anybody get into humor and be successful?
ANSWER: NO...NO...and three times NO! There have been people who have crossed my path, who should stay out of humor all together. The first thing a person needs to be successful in humor is a PERSONALITY! I've known people who have the personality of a rock or an orange traffic barrel, or a piece of chopped liver, etc. The person in humor has to be a little out-going; an extrovert or someplace in the middle. The person has to be able to communicate well. I've worked with many technical people like engineers for over 12 years, and many of these people are brilliant. They can do the math and engineering to put someone on the moon. But, when it comes having a personality...forget it! Some of these people are so introverted...distant...that it would be a disaster if they tried their in comedy! The answer is NO...not everyone can get into humor and be successful.
QUESTION: What other qualities should a person have who wants to get into comedy?
ANSWER: Common sense...and lots of it! That person should also have high self-esteem and confidence of him or herself. this is terribly important, because as I said earlier, the person is going to put thy "foot into thy mouth," a few times. And, that person has to have the ability to get up and dust thyself off, is he or she wants to stay in comedy.
QUESTION: Are comedians/humorists different from ordinary people?
ANSWER: YES! Comedians are different, because they see the world differently. They are always looking for something funny...and it does't matter when or where! They stop and smell the roses, when everyone else walks on by. They pay attention to detail, to try to find something humorous. If there is not something funny, they will try to make it funny, using the tools of the trade like exageration; irony, etc.
QUESTION: What's important, in the over-all aspect of humor.
ANSWER: STOP; LOOK AND LISTEN
1) STOP; We all live in a fast-paced society, and if there were 48 hours in the day, it would still not be enough time for many of us to get things done. STOP and smell the roses from time to time. Set a little quality time for yourself. Everyone should do this. My quality time, is when I go out walking/jogging by myself. Me, myself and I...no Blackberry; blueberry; cranberries...turn everything off...this is my time, and I can enjoy the sun set or the sun rise, etc.
2) LOOK: Pay more attention to the things around you! Looking; admiring and throwing kisses at yourself in the mirror all day at home isn't going to do it! Looking admiring, and throwing kisses to yourself in the rear-view mirror of your vehicle, while your're driving isn't going to do it, either! That's why comedians get so much new, fresh material...they pay attention to the things around them!
3) LISTEN: Quit talking about yourself so much and listen for a change! Who knows...you might be boring! In one of my other articles, I said that Bill Gates (Microsoft) has been so successful because he is a good listener. He has listened to his smart and creative people, gone with their ideas...and the rest is history! Listen for a change!