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The Hump Day Humor-Gram, June 14, 2006, Issue Number 180

1. Humor Lessons from Ally McBeal
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
1. Humor Lessons from Ally McBeal

The other television-inspired humor study mentioned in
the latest Journal of Humor Research involved an episode
of Ally McBeal, wherein two of the female co-stars compete
on stage at a bar to see who has the funniest dirty joke.

Despite having the less funny joke (according to the
researcher), the character of Renee gets the bigger laughs
because of her delivery. The are several lessons derived
from Renee’s winning performance that the researcher
feels are critical to the successful telling of a joke.
Renee took the time to warm up the crowd, created
rapport with audience, created a fun mood, and chose a
joke the matched her persona. Ally (the star of the show),
who actually had a funnier joke, set the wrong tone by
giving too much information in the set-up part of the
joke, didn’t take the time to create rapport with the
audience, and chose a joke that didn’t suit her
personality. So the joke tanked. Great lessons for any
of us doing business presentations, or just interacting
with, you know, live human beings: practice your own
authentic style of humor, build rapport, and create a
spirit of fun so folks are more accepting of your attempts
at humor.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

At some offices at Dell Computer Corp., the employees
ring a bell every time they land a significant account.
So try setting up a similar fun way of trumpeting and
sharing successes in your office, customized to match
your particular workplace.
3. Quote of the Week

“The probability of someone watching you is proportional
to the stupidity of your action.” A. Kindsvater
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

The following warning appears on “CycleAware” bike helmet-
mounted mirrors: “Objects in the mirror are actually
behind you.”

Happy Hump Day! Keep laughing at the objects behind you!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2006
Reach Michael at 1-866-609-2640,

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