“You know, a lot of people come to me and they say, “Steve, how can you be so fucking funny?” There’s a secret to it, it’s no big deal. Before I go out, I put a slice of bologna in each of my shoes. So when I’m on stage, I feel funny.” – Steve Martin.
That may work for a multi-millionaire comedian, but what about us little guys…
…you know, the ones that don’t have access to vast stores of cold meat?
How can WE – the ordinary folk – feel funny?
Here’s a quick idea.
All you need is a roll of duct tape, three penguins, and a hammock used by an accountant called Kevin.
… a decent internet connection.
Funny is a frame of mind. It’s a mood you get into.
You need to tap into your inner comedian.
(Don’t worry, it’s relatively painless)
All you need to do is ingest some comedy.
Any comedy, it doesn’t matter.
Just let it wash over you for a while, as if you’re taking it in via osmosis (OMG! I remembered something from high school!).
I know this sounds very weird, but it works.
For example, right now I’m writing this while watching Brooklyn 99.
Only I’m not watching it – it’s background noise.
(OK, so maybe I did lift my head at the “STOP EATING CRAB WRONG!” line just now…)
If you don’t think that this works, ask yourself why you eagerly scroll to “Dido” on Spotify when you bring a date home.
We get influenced all the time by outside forces, so we might as well use them to our advantage.
- If you want to feel funny, stick some comedy on.
- Want to feel anger? Get married and have two kids.
- Want to feel grumpy? Make sure Snow White doesn’t catch you!
Every comedy writing tip and joke formula is easier when you’re feeling the funny, so if you want to add some laughs to your life, stick some comedy on!