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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, December 8, 2004 Issue #114

In this issue . . .

1. Some Wise Advice from Comedians
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Some Wise Advice from Comedians

A common thread emerges when you listen to where great
comedians get their material.

Jerry Seinfeld says that anytime he gets upset or mad his
“comedy mind” goes off, and he thinks to himself, “this could
be funny.” George Carlin and Dennis Miller both speak of how
often a lot of their humor as a stand-up is born out of anger
or frustration over something.

So the next time something upsets you at work, try to take a
comic perspective – use your “third eye” that comedians so often
speak about to see if you can view the situation/scene as a
detached observer and find something funny in it. Put yourself
in the shows of your favorite comedian or humorist and think
about what they might have to say about the situation. Remember,
as we’ve said oh-so-many times here at the HumpDay:
“Don’t get mad – get funny!”
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

In the spirit of the Guinness Book of World’s Records,
keep track of your own workplace records. The records highlight
performance records such as sales figures or number of
clients, but they should also include plain silly and fun
accomplishments such as:
– the record for the longest commute into the office
– # of days the boss went without saying a certain
– most coffees drank in one day
– highest number of papers jammed in the photocopier
– assorted oddball personal office feats
3. Quote of the Week

“Anything on earth you WANT to do is play. Anything on earth you
HAVE to do is work.” I never worked a day in my life.” Dr. Leila
Denmark, age 100 (at the time of the quote!)
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A Malaysian man recently tied the knot . . . for the 53rd time.
His most recent marriage is with wife number one who started
It all back in 1957! Ain’t love grand?

Happy Hump Day everyone! ================================================================
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

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International speaker Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is
the author of five books, including When Do You Let the Animals
Out? and You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work. Michael
delivers keynote talks and workshops on humor in the workplace,
business creativity and public speaking skills.

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