I like to be funny.  One of the greatest joys in life is bringing a smile to someone's face and laughter to their life.  I admire the comedians out there who can do so on a regular basis through various forms of media.  However, my type of comedy works on a more personal level, which doesn't translate well to stand-up acts or videoed skits.

Consider it situational comedy, if you will.  As opposed to sitcoms - situation comedies - this kind of humor can only work with interaction in day to day life.  Now let me clarify: sitcoms can have situational comedy embedded in them as the storyline develops.  But what I'm talking about is the kind of humor that only comes up when you're sitting with your friends, talking about all kinds of random topics, throwing in jokes wherever they may come up.

Somehow I can't quite translate that into a solo act, so lately I have gotten into watching clips from HappySlip and KevJumba on YouTube.  They take everyday observations, put in their own brand of humor, and put it all on video to share with the masses.  I wish I could do that (or draw and narrate a comic like Lev, or even just write with a humorous tone).  They have done something that I envy.  It's ok though, I don't plan on making a living or being known as a comedian, so I'll just keep the humor in my day-to-day life.

One thing that I have realized in watching their videos is that they take very commonplace occurrences in their lives and make it funny through their commentary and presentation.  It's almost like they see life through a lens that distorts things like a fun house mirror that turns every image into a silly one.  Likewise, they take everything and put this funny twist to it.  You really can't be a good comedian without viewing the world in another - brighter - light.

Another skill that you'd need to be a truly effective comedian is a broad knowledge of things.  From pop culture references to specific jargon, you can put the best twist on things if you can reference a variety of areas.  Not everyone is going to get everything, but it's nice when the audience is treated intelligently.  That's why I enjoy shows like Gilmore Girls - there are a lot of quips I may not understand, but even more that I do get and will get a laugh from.

Additionally, they're not afraid to make fools of themselves and look silly.  Not everything in life is fancy, graceful, and elegant, after all.  So to have "real" appeal (aka seem true to their audience), it's important to not be afraid of being goofy.  Too often people are scared of being judged, but that's the beauty of comedy - sure you may be laughed at, but it's not because people think poorly of you.  Rather, it's their appreciation of what you're saying and doing that makes them burst out in a fit of giggles.  It's exceptionally rewarding.

Philosophers observe the world around them and question everything.  Writers jot it all down.  Photographers capture it on film.  Comedians?  They make everything laughable and enjoyable.  So why do I keep coming back to them?  Because they keep things fresh and interesting!  Why don't you put a smile on your face and let them tickle your fancy too?

(Now I realize there are darker forms of humor, but that's beyond the scope of this post.)