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17 Tips on How To Be Funny [Infographic]

How to Be Funny

Have you wondered how to be funny around strangers? Why is it that some people have a good sense of humor and can easily make other people laugh at their jokes? What makes a person funny? In everyday life, these naturally funny people can throw a good joke or punchline in any given situation. Being funny is one of the most desired traits. But not all people have a sense of humor and can be naturally funny.

Being funny is one of the most desired traits. Below you will find 17 tips on how to be funny. These tips, if practiced, are sure to help you become funny.

Life is too short to be serious. We need some good humor in our life from time to time. So, if you are looking to learn more about how to be naturally funny and make the people in your life laugh, we have you covered. Below you will find 17 tips on how to be funny. These tips, if practiced, are sure to help you become funny.

Determine what makes you laugh - If you want to make people laugh, you can start by examining yourself. What makes you laugh? Take out a notepad and start to brainstorm. When's the last time you laughed? What caused you to laugh? Spend about 15 minutes making a thorough list.

Observe what makes others laugh - If you want to learn how to be funny, it's important that you become observant. When you are with others, and you find someone laughing, take a mental note or jot down a note on your phone. Keep a "funny folder." Here you can keep your notes of things that will make others laugh.

Spend more time with funny people - Are the people that you spend a lot of time with funny? Typically you tend to take on traits of your inner circle. If your friends aren't funny, start making a list of people that you find funny. Try to intentionally spend more time with them.

Memorize one-liners - One-liners are perfect. They don't take a lot of effort and they can get the job done. "My fake plants died because I didn't pretend to water them.

Watch lots of comedy shows - Besides being fun to do, watching comedy shows can increase your level of funniness.

Watch funny movies - Watch funny movies and be intentional about plucking out some of the funniest parts. Take notes and keep it in your funny folder. Sometimes all it takes is repeating snippet of a funny movie get someone laughing.

Read joke books or joke blogs - There is no shortage of funny material. Head on over to Amazon and buy some of the highest ranked joke books. Use google to and type in different jokes or funny keywords. Find a funny blog that resonates with the type of humor that you want to incorporate.

Do use sarcasm - Sarcasm can be extremely funny. Use it but don't overdo it.

Do use sexual innuendos - Use your best judgment on this. You want to make sure that your audience is appropriate. When in doubt refrain from using sexual innuendos.

Self-deprecation can work - Use this with people that you know well. Self-deprecating humor is when someone belittles or makes fun of themselves. An example of self-deprecating humor would be someone that is overweight making jokes about their weight. Use sparingly or it will have the reverse effect.​

Do NOT use demeaning jokes - Demeaning can make you look like more of a jerk than someone of good humor. Don't belittle other people or groups of people when trying to be funny.

Do NOT use mimicry - Mimicking others is annoying, enough said.

Timing is everything - When observing other people being funny, take note of their timing. If you are too early or too late, it might lose some of its humor. Practice makes perfect.

Use jokes sparingly - Don't go overboard with your jokes. Joking too often be more annoying than funny. A perfect example of what not to do would be this guy trying to be funny, using puns at Disney. At the end of the video, you could see how fed up she was with the humor.

Don't take yourself so seriously - In short, loosen up.

Animation and energy is humors best friend - Try to incorporate energy and animation into your humor. It's harder to be funny if your monotone and low on the energy scale.

Smile to be funny - Smiling is contagious. If you are looking to make others laugh and smile, start by smiling yourself. It's important to remember, don't overdo it. Smiling too much can be creepy and have the reverse effect.

Final Thoughts on How to Be Funny

There you have it, 17 tips on how to be funny. Remember, being funny can be learned. The more you practice being funny, the more likely you will become funny. At first, you might want to start by practicing on some people you know really well. Don't let them know that you are practicing. After you start to see some success with the people you know well, start to venture out. Start trying to be funny with complete strangers or groups of strangers. Practice being funny on dates and in different situations.

Fun Family Activities

American Flag Beaded Pin

Required:

  • Red beads, white beads, and blue beads
  • 1" Safety Pins (10 total per craft)
  • Needle Nose Pliers

Each pin will take 9 safety pins and you can use either all gold or silver. Make four of the pins with 5 blue beads on first then add one white then red then white then red then the last bead will be white. Close each finished pin and slightly crimp the head of the pin to prevent the pin from opening.


Make the next four safety pins starting with a red bead then white alternating until you have ten beads the last one should be white. Close each one of those pins and crimp. The last part will take an adult to help you because the 8 safety pins will have to go on the backside on the 9th pin. In order to do this you will have to take the needle nose pliers and slightly pull apart the bottom end of the 9th safety pin – only far enough to slide each of the beaded pins around the loop to the other side. The beaded pins will hang from the bottom loop of the pin. You will start with the red and white beaded pins first. One at a time slide to the other side of the pin. Make sure that the beads face out instead of inside of the pin. If you slide the beaded pins facing out they should end up facing out. Then slide the remaining blue with red and white pins on and then crimp the holding pin back into place. You can now proudly wear your United States of America Pin. May God Bless America!!

Backwards Day

Required:

  • Sense of humor
  • A fun meal
  • Desire to have fun

Choose a day that the kids can wear their clothes backwards. Most likely a day that you’ll all be staying home or near home. Be creative but not too tacky as to how to look. At dinner you should serve a backwards dinner to top off the day. Start out with dessert first, and then the main course, then the salad and veggies last if you have any room left. See if you can plan out any other ideas for the day.

Box Fort

Required:

  • Large Boxes
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Scissors

Find some large boxes to play in. You can either use those leftover large present boxes or acquire a few large boxes from a nearby store. Have the kids figure out how they want their fort to look with passageways to the other boxes. What type of windows? Windows that open up, open down or open out. Have someone that is knowledgeable with scissors cut out openings, use caution when doing so. Use duct tape or shipping tape to keep the boxes together. Kids can decorate their fort with markers and other ways. Discuss with kids different types of forts that were built in America, Canada and other countries. Have them do some research on the Internet as to these types of forts. For younger children have them think about different types of habitats that animals use for protection. Whenever your children try a new activity or game, this is your greatest opportunity to tie it into a learning experience. Games can always be a learning process for kids and adults; you’ll learn many things in the process. – R. Scheel, Fun-Attic Inc.

Comic Strip Creator

Required:

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Plain Paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue

Have kids go through magazines and newspapers looking for interesting things to cut out. Instruct them to have a theme or story in mind for this project. Once they have cut and laid out there piece in order of their story, have them glue them on plain paper in a line or several lines. Make sure they leave room for the caption and story line. If they have a great story that goes on and on, encourage them to use several pieces of paper. After they have glued pieces in order, have them work on writing the story out based on the pictures above. This exercise will help some children learn to frame their thoughts.

Dough Art

Required:

  • Frozen or homemade bread dough
  • Food coloring
  • Paint Brushes

Defrost bread dough in a large greased bowl with a towel over it to prevent from drying out; this takes up to 2-4 hours so plan this activity out ahead of time. Once the dough has risen, punch down and separate into large chunks for each child. Provide a lightly floured work area for them and aprons if they tend to be messy. Have them make something out of the dough like animals, plants, cartoon characters or objects that interest them. Place the shaped artwork on a greased cookie sheet and have them paint with desired food coloring mixed with a little bit of water. Let the finished artwork rise for about 1-2 hours and then bake for about 20-30 minutes at about 350 degrees. For the holiday season even the parents can do unique bread designs like a braided loaf or braided wreath. You’ll be surprised how creative you really can be, if you would only try.

Eat Under the Table

A young and beautiful mother in a blue shirt and apron is preparing a fresh vegetable salad at home in the kitchen, along with her little cute daughters with light hair

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Required:

  • Clean Floor
  • Willing to be different
  • Desire to have fun
  • Fun, easy meal

Once in awhile when mom’s in a good mood and looking for something fun to do with the kids, I’ll plan a unique meal. The meal will usually take place the same day that I’ve mopped the kitchen floor. A good fun meal could be taco salad or something that your family would enjoy. We’ll pull away all the chairs and sit cross legged as we enjoy a special time together. Warning, the kids will totally enjoy this and they will bug you until you do it again.

Safe Toys for the Whole Family - Even Grandpa Can Play!

Fall Leaf Collection Book

Required:

  • String
  • Leaves
  • Hole Punch
  • Construction Paper
  • Wax Paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Iron
  • Clear Contact paper

Send out the troops on a fall leaf hunt. Have them collect different colors, and shapes. Each bookmaker will sort through the collected leaves looking for the best and most unique. You can also make one big book that all can share.


There are two ways to put together a fall leaf collection book.

One-way is to purchase clear contact paper and cut into uniform pieces. Peel back part of the protective paper and place one or more leaves on one half of the paper. Once the leaves are placed peel back the rest on the protective paper and fold over the other half.


Another way is to use wax paper and an iron. If you use this method take several precautions not to damage your iron or other items that might come in contact with melted wax. When using an iron make sure the iron never comes in direct contact with wax paper or you end up the melted wax on your iron. (It will come off but you don’t want it on any of your good clothes.) Lay a large enough piece of aluminum foil on your ironing board or ironing surface. Cut out uniform pieces of wax paper and place a leaf or two on one half and fold the other half on top of leaf. Place another piece of foil to separate the wax paper from the iron. Iron the page together with a medium heated iron. Be careful not to get burned on the aluminum foil. Peel back the foil to check your work; making sure the waxed paper has fused together. Instead of aluminum foil you can use scrap pieces of cotton material or paper towel.

Once you have all your leaves sealed by some method you can take strips of colorful construction paper to frame each leaf page. This will also provide an area to label each type of leaf. Punch a hole through one corner of each completed piece and tie with a piece of string to form a leaf book.

Icing Skills

Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

Required:

  • Cake Decorating Bags
  • Decorating tips
  • Powdered sugar
  • Shortening
  • Toothpicks
  • Wax Paper
  • Marshmallows
  • food coloring
  • 9" cake pan

Purchase cake decorating bags and cake decorating tips. The decorating tips that you might want would be the star tip, leaf tip, petal/flower tip and writing tip. You can make your own bags with wax paper formed into a cone but the reusable plastic decorating bags are your best bet. Mix one box of confectionary sugar with one cup of shortening, separate into two-three containers and add desired food coloring. This recipe is for practicing your cake decorating talents over and over again it but must be refrigerated.

Take 9 inch round cake pans and turn upside down on wax paper. Have the kids decorated these pans over and over. To make a rose, push a toothpick halfway through the flat side of a miniature marshmallow to use as a handle. Use your petal tip and while slowly spinning the marshmallow, add frosting to the top edge of the marshmallow with the tip angled sideways. The first petal should look like a mountain peak or roof with the top of the marshmallow closed off. Then for your next petals add upside down half moon shapes on both sides of the marshmallow. Turn the marshmallow ¼ turn and add 2 more of the same petals. You can also do this with large a marshmallow and once you master the idea this can be done without marshmallows but they are helpful for beginners. To learn how to make Baby Bootie’s go to our Baby Shower Ideas page for instructions.

Created by R. Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.

Marble Art

Required:

  • Small Containers
  • Tempura paint
  • Paper plates
  • Spoons
  • Extra paper
  • Marbles

Place a precut paper onto your paper plate. Pour tempera paints into small containers and place marbles into the various colors. Spoon out marbles one or several at a time onto the paper plate and while using wrist action allow the marble to roll around leaving a very colorful design. You might want aprons on the participants or you can do this project outside to prevent making too much of a mess.

Nature Stamp Art

Required:

  • Poster Paints
  • Apples
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Paper
  • Plates

Cut an apple in half so that you have a top and a bottom half and you will find something special, a star. Find different shapes, sizes and types of leaves that will make unique patterns on paper but make sure you don’t touch plants that could cause you harm. Pour different colors of poster paint into small plates and dip the items one at a time into paint, then press onto paper. You can add different types of glitter and this artwork can be also used for special napkin designs, table decorations or homemade wrapping paper for a holiday or special occasion.

Have Fun! 🙂

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