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And a nice waky… I mean, way to
practice English (understanding!)
• funny/ˈfʌni/
  ▶adjective (funnier, funniest)
• 1 causing laughter or
• 2 strange; peculiar.
• 3 arousing suspicion: there
  was something funny going on.
• humor /ˈhjuːmə(r)/  (BRIT humour)
• 1 the quality of being amusing, especially as
  expressed in literature or speech. ■ the
  ability to appreciate or express humor.
• 2 a state of mind: her good humor
  vanished. ■ archaic an inclination or whim.
• 3 (also cardinal humour) historical each of
  four fluids of the body (blood, phlegm,
  yellow bile or choler, and black bile or
  melancholy), formerly thought to
  determine a person's physical and mental

  • Now, let’s see what some famous people say about
Laughter is an instant
                          Milton Berle

Tell me what you laugh at, and
I’ll tell you who you are.
                         Marcel Pagnol

  Life is improvisation.
                             Tina Fey
But we could say this is the rule for comedy today…

It’s the duty of the comedian to
 find out where the line is drawn
 and cross it deliberately.
                                              George Carlin
We’ll begin by stating some things you can and can’t do while
                writing jokes in general.
Do’s and Don’ts of Humor Writing
• Don’t use bad or restricted language.
• Don’t focus on a specific gender, racial or ethnic group. No
  one will be offended if you focus on yourself.
• Don’t use written humor if it distracts people from the
  lesson, only use it if it makes the lesson better.
• Don’t use humor that mixes up your message.
• Do have the frame of mind to write, and use your
• Do check your work.
• Do make a link between yourself and the audience.
• Do remember to be surprising.

Now see if you can understand what the fun is in each of the following jokes from
                     famous comedians from the USA and England:
How many people here have telekinetic
Raise my hand.
                                Emo Philips

What if there were no hypothetical
                             John Mendoza
Why are women wearing perfumes that smell like flowers to
  attract men? Men don’t like flowers. I wear a scent called
  “new-car interior.”
                                                    Rita Rudner

As long as there is algebra, there will be
 prayer in school.
                                   Larry Miller

Don’t touch that dial. And, if your TV has a
 dial, go buy a new one.
                                Stephen Colbert
Batman never fights crime in
  neighborhoods that need it. I’d like
  to see Batman fight crime in my
“Yes, Batman?”
“Didn’t we park the car
right here, man?”
                             Dave Chappelle
I went into a McDonald’s yesterday and said,
  “I’d like some fries.” The girl at the
  counter said, “Would you like some fries
  with that?”
                                        Jay Leno

Have you ever noticed that anybody going
 slower than you is an idiot and anyone
 going faster than you is a maniac?
                                   George Carlin
I constantly walk into a room and I don’t remember
   why. But for some reason, I think there’s going to
   be a clue in the fridge.
                                        Caroline Rhea

I am not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be
   there when it happens.
                                         Woody Allen

When I was a little kid, we had a quicksand box. I
 was an only child … eventually.
                                       Steven Wright
My wife has tons of credit
 cards. She has so many
 magnetic strips in her
 wallet, her purse points
                                Peter Sasso

            Ok, people, now it’s your turn...
           Think you’re funny? SHOW US!!

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