The Hump Day Humor-Gram, October 13, 2004 Issue #107

In this issue . . .

1. News from the Court Jesters
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Deep Thought of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World
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1. News from the Court Jesters

It may be a little disconcerting to hear that some surveys
suggest the number one source of news during the American
election campaign is the satirical program The Daily
Show with Jon Stewart. Likewise, in Canada, many folks say
they get most of their news from the wacky satirical program
This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

This may not be as scary a thought as it seems. These
shows, along with the late night talk shows and other
political commentators are today’s version of the court jester.
And like the original court jester, in many ways they are the
only people who can actually speak some “unspeakable” truths
and help deflate the status of the world leaders to
bring them down to the level of the average viewer. As
suggested by several recent commentaries in the news, these
satirical programs in many ways paint a more honest portrait
of events and issues than the “real” news does.

Even the political parties understand this they monitor
these shows to see what issues are being joked about, to
understand what the public’s perceptions may be about
certain key issues and to help identify weaknesses in the
campaign or candidate.

Workplaces have court jesters as well, and although they may
not always be obvious (or have their own network show), they
can be a very important source of workplace “news”. It’s
critical for leaders to really listen to some of their
class clowns who practice subversive humor to gain a similar
understanding of what the real issues and perceptions are.

Some workplaces even have annual events that include skits
put on by employees parodying the management team. And if the
management team is thick-skinned enough, they know that by
reading between the punch lines they can learn what employees
may be really thinking and feeling about certain issues,
because as we all know, for humor to work there has to be at
least a bit of truth (usually there’s a whole truckload)
buried somewhere inside it.

So stay tuned in to your court jesters. Make a note
of which Dilbert cartoons ring the truest for you. And if
you’re really brave and forward thinking, create an official
court jester position for your workplace!
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

The next time you have a management meeting, set up a Q & A
session to emulate a talk show, complete with a roving, lively
host and comfy talk show set chairs for the head honchos.
Take questions from the audience, and also have a few pre-taped
fun questions from your “phone-in callers.”
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3. Deep Thought of the Week

To bring more harmony into your life, invite a barber shop
quartet over to your house.
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

A veterinarian from Saskatchewan had to untangle four squirrels
whose tails had become completely knotted together. This
apparently happens from time to time, although four is rather
rare. Amazingly enough, the four squirrelly squirrels still
managed
to move at quite a high speed, even alluding captors for a while
until they became entangled in a rose bush.

Happy hump day everyone! Keep laughing, and please watch your
tails.
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2004

Back issues of the Hump Day Express can be
found at http://www.mikekerr.com

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.

mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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