One Line Jokes

I keep looking for that perfect sentence to open up the conversation. Should I talk politics, science or religious? Well, the best ice breakers are humours. Whether it is a one line joke or a funny comment, it has to be non-offensive. Spruce up your character and be calm. Loosen the tension by one line jokes, sense the peace inside.

It is true that sense of humour is an integral part of selected humans. I mean consider Spike Milligan; he was an Irish serving in World War II, and still a Jazz musician and later on a musical comedy actor. Quick One Line Jokes compared to the more traditional jokes have an advantage as to their practicality. I mean, in today’s busy life, people want to hear something quick, get charged, and get back to whatever they were doing.

I have always been curious about how people make up a joke. Is it some kind of inspiration, or someone really sits and thinks to make one up. It seems that the paragraph style jokes have a story to it. Perhaps the designer put some thoughts into it and assembles it one sentence at a time. However, one line jokes have a different characteristic. They represent a real life situation. One line jokes are the ones that spice up our life, they are short, right to the point and do not require a great deal of brain power.

One line jokes come handy in speeches like when the Best Man gets the audience attention by tapping glass of wine by a fork. You see some new businesses use promotional coasters to promote their services or products. I strongly suggest making it fun, including one line jokes on coasters. This way, your advertising investment will go a long way.

Indirectly “one line jokes” remind us of some of the gifts we possess and don’t get a chance to appreciate. For sure we all can remind ourselves how great it feels: When we smell a new rain, when we observe a new or half moon, a good comfortable bed, good family and friends, washing machines, peace that we feel inside, caramel candies, trees, burger king, a warm bath after a hard workout, grandchild, and the list goes on and on.

Hopefully we wash our hands before a meal, so why not wash our mood before attempting to engage in a task, speech, learning, and social events. It is shown that humour does lift off degrading emotions. It simply substitutes them with positive energy. Makes you enthusiastic and opens opportunities. Here is an idea: why not write up one line jokes on a piece of sticky note and place it on your mirror.

I personally found it pretty effective specially when you wake up on Monday morning and see it before you wash your face. I can relate to it, washing my face to wake up, and at the same time cleaning my mood by reading the note on the mirror. Try it, you see, I personally look better when I see myself in the mirror and it is just a Monday morning!

Got a Good Joke? Keep It to Yourself

In a social gathering, many people often joke. They may kid one another while enjoying an evening together with friends, food, and beverage. We are relaxed among friends, just kidding around. But that’s the social world. The business world is certainly not the same as a social gathering. In a business environment, we might gather over the proverbial water cooler and talk shop. Humor has a place in business, but you have to be careful not to offend.

You have probably heard many jokes that started, “There was this Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister having lunch together… ” right? Some of these are funny, others are dull, and some are downright vulgar depending on your sensitivity or point of view… and these days some people are very sensitive, critical, and quick to explode and take offense.

A joke in a comedy club or on late night television might cause the audience to become hysterical with laughter while the same joke at a conference table or break room can cause hysteria too, but this type of hysteria may cause someone to talk to Human Resources, an owner, or supervisor. People have been fired or disciplined over insensitive or misplaced humor.

The problem of humor in business is that everyone has some sensitive issues in their psyche and the jokester does not know who is sensitive to which issues, or even what those issues might be. Many people are touchy about religion, gender, identity, racial, political, and national origin issues and can be easy to offend. The offended party might not act offended, they might just laugh along with the joke, but then take their business elsewhere or feel that the jokester is an insensitive, offensive boob and not want to work for or with that person.

This is an age where “political correctness” is or can be a contentious issue and seemingly everyone is sensitive to perceived slights, even though the person telling a joke or making a comment is probably innocently trying to entertain, others may feel put down in some manner.

Business isn’t a barbecue in the backyard or out on the deck. Co-workers or customers are not family or friends. The goals of business are different from our social goals. Some people are easy to offend and easy to anger, so work at being less of a comedian and more sensitive to feelings of others. It’s good business.

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How to Write a Joke for Stand Up Comedy

Writing jokes is a business in the world of stand up comedy. The jokes a comedian writes will be most effective if they match his or her character. Developing a comedic personality on stage takes years but in the meantime it is necessary to get a start on that route to funny. Following a simple joke formula is the first step to writing for the comedy stage.

The formula “set up – punchline” is the most reliable comedic equation. It is a wonder that many comedians get so far off base when writing their first jokes. Usually this waywardness occurs because a new comedian usually imitates someone he or she has seen on stage at a concert or on television. What results from imitation is usually a very long and rambling set up and a punchline which is just as long and just as wordy.

An effective exercise for an aspiring comedian who is writing jokes for the first time is to write down all of these rambling words, thoughts and phrases and immediately begin the editing process. One of the hardest exercises is reducing these ideas to two sentences – one sentence for the set up and one sentence for the punchline. The most rewarding part of this type of tight editing is that if your resulting joke is funny, your laughs will come more quickly. A series of one-liner jokes will give you confidence. The laughter will affirm your instincts and give you the confidence to relax and start to write in a style that is comfortable to you.

Often times a new comedian will get ideas about how to perform by watching Cable TV. Unfortunately, these comics are not the best role models for their peers. Foul language and obscene subject matter are more often tolerated when a comedian gets his or her own HBO special as opposed to when they walk into a club for the first time. A new comedian whose jokes are filled with profanity will cause a club owner to wonder if the comic knows how to write a decent joke at all. A new comedian’s stage presence is generally not strong and a trail of x-rated jokes will only highlight their desperate attempt to be funny.

The basic element of a clean joke is to create a surprise ending. Write a one sentence set up and write the joke or “pay-off” in a direction the audience would never expect it to go. The standard “set-up, punchline” formula for joke writing will get a new comedian on stage in order to begin the journey of discovering what it is that makes people laugh.