We Indians take offence, whenever we get an opportunity! But it takes a lot to go there, stand in front of intimidating or ready-to-take-offence audience and make them laugh, with or without joke.
What makes it even tougher is deciphering people’s sense of humor. It’s complicated! Youngsters like mean jokes, while the older lot can even laugh on forwarded SMS jokes from 2003.
But what makes a joke good?
What makes a stand-up comic good?
See, first of all, you don’t have to be unbelievably rigid, physically and appear confident and happy. Believe in the funniness of your joke. If they trust that you’re going to make them laugh, they will laugh.
Second of all, if they are a bummer, and still don’t, it is suggested that you hire the girl who tickles Siddhu to laugh at non-funny jokes.
Third of all, there’s a difference between being a fun person and being funny.
The toughest part about it is originality. Since jokes are mostly like mistakes, someone has already done it before you.
I’m no comedian but I know standing on a stage all by yourself with the sole aim to make people laugh is a tough cookie. Great artists make it look easy. They know how to make a joke, they are good at taking a joke.
For the rest of us, who are either too lazy or too incapable for stand-up comedy, how about sit-down tragedy?