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For professional comedians, their primary goal is to make people laugh. For everyone else humor can be the envelope in which another message is sent and therefore will be received with pleasure. This book is designed precisely to help you make your own efforts at humor more effective in achieving the primary goals of your interaction: to solidify friendships, preserve a marriage, obtain employment, close sales, conduct therapy, defuse conflict, or simply enjoy life more.
Humor is a quality nearly all of us claim in ourselves and one which we seek and highly value in others.We love a sense of humor in our dates and mates, our children, and everyone with whom we have social contacts.When humor making is successful, we are drawn closer to other people and share a bonding emotional experience.We enjoy life more and our troubles seem to lessen instantly.
There are many proven ways to enhance our senses of humor in ourselves and even our children. Humor making can be taught and developed to a very high level, thus increasing our chances for social and even economic success.
Just Kidding: Using Humor Effectively is for adults who enjoy humor and who would like to be funnier. It includes definitions of funniness and examples of both helpful and harmful humor. It describes the relevant comedic and psychological rules for making humor effective. The book points out the danger signs for offensive humor and how to make the decision to “say it or stuff it.” Examples of successful and unsuccessful humor from comedians to politicians are used throughout to illustrate the many varieties of humor and how context and audience make a difference. Finally, a variety of fun exercises are offered to build the skills for effective humor making.
1: The Power of Humor and Laughter
2: The Nuts and Bolts of Humor
3: Political Correctness and Humor
4: Not All Humor Is All Good
5: Public Bombings
6: Effective Humor Pitfalls
7: Spontaneous Humor versus Spontaneous Sex
8: How You Can Be Even Funnier
9: Strategies to Avoid Humor that Fails
10: Getting the Last Laugh
Humor Development Exercises to Raise Your HQ
Posted December 13, 2012
Just Kidding: Using Humor effectively delivers what its subtitle promises. The book analyzes humor up, down, and sideways, using everything from experimental research to the views of experts in many disciplines, to the wisdom of comedians, to numerous examples of humor from the grotesque and unfunny to the hilarious. As readers understand how humor works, they can implement the book's many suggestions for being funny while avoiding the pitfalls that bore or offend others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 4, 2012
Louis Franzini”s intention in his book “Just Kidding: Using Humor Effectively” is to help readers make their own efforts at humor more effective in achieving the primary goals of their interactions. In pursuit of this goal, Franzini does a masterful job of categorizing the types and characteristics of humor. He describes the strategies of professional humorists with amusing, often surprising, examples, and makes it abundantly clear that professionals dance to coarser and more daring drummers than nonprofessionals dare to follow.
Franzini devotes considerable attention to keeping readers out of PC snares. His description of political correctness in humor is far more nuanced than the absolutist polemics about the use of the n-word and similar epithets. PC really should designate personal correctness; what is PC for one individual may not be for another. For example, African Americans can use n-words with impunity because they are being used to indicate solidarity, not antipathy.
Franzini wraps up his book with a series of exercises that readers can use to increase their effective use of wit and humor. Overall, the book is an easy and sometimes amusing read that may help the humor-deficient (just kidding, I don’t mean you) make more effective use of humor.