How do I make this funny? What if I have a serious topic? As a speaker and comedian, David Glickman has built his career around being funny. David has also helped speakers infuse humor into their speeches with humor punch-ups. In this episode, David talks about the value of getting a laugh on stage. If you’ve ever said “but I’m just not funny” this is a great episode for you.
1:41 If someone has a straight-laced, serious speaking topic, should they still try to infuse some humor?
3:50 How can you customize humor to a specific audience?
7:14 David even manages to infuse some humor into a talk about hospice.
8:01 What are some of the ways that David delivers humor in his own presentations?
9:48 There are a couple ways to “milk a laugh”
11:14 What does LPM stand for?
13:30 Write the speech first without the pressure of making it funny.
18:00 But…what if I don’t have a funny bone in my body?
18:38 There are three components to being funny on stage.
21:52 What happens when you don’t get a laugh?
24:52 When to wing it, when to plan it all out.
29:30 The Internet is a great tool for humor writers.
32:41 What are some great books speakers can pick up to help with humor?
36:00 David has a couple more tips for sharpening our humor skills.
37:42 Do you have a humor buddy?
41:15 What are some good opportunities to test out new material?
43:21 Some listener questions!
43:37 Has David ever blown it with a joke? How did he recover?
45:39 When in doubt…
49:06 If you’ve got a new speech, should you deliver it a couple times before trying to add humor?
54:49 Humor can be a nice bonus that audiences don’t expect.
55:55 Should you add something funny to your intro?