I’ve always had a lower threshold for humor, in the sense that I would laugh even at the slightest prod. Share a dad joke with me, which is obviously bad humor, and you might even see me guffawing my lungs out. 😬
Over time, my appetite for humor has improved, though. I do not appreciate sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes – I simply do not find them funny. In fact, I cannot even stand any type of humor that denigrates fellow human beings for their attributes. For the same reason, I couldn’t even catch a few minutes of the Dave Chapelle show or the Decoupled from Netflix. In my opinion, these shows are badly-written pieces that pander to a section of the audience that is tired with the “woke culture” (or in other words, people that are closet sexist/racist/misogynist).
But I digress…
I have heard so many folks complain about how difficult it is to do humor these days. Which is true, as it should be. The fact of the matter is that there are so many good ways to make you laugh without poking fun at folks, all in good humor, without offending folks.
Here are some things that make me laugh, shared in no particular order:
- I’m a big fan of political comedy. Even if it challenges or makes fun of my own political beliefs. It makes me think and most often gives me a good laugh too! I love Borat and Sacha Baron Cohen (even though he is a bit problematic in certain portrayals which I accept).
- Bring on that dad joke, and chances are that I might guffaw to it.
- I still believe that practical jokes are fun! Think, Charlie chaplin!
- Over the years, I have learned to laugh at myself a lot too.
- There are so many fun movies that make laugh – especially some good old comedies in Malayalam. Here’s one of my favourites (might need local context to enjoy)
- I also love a good standup show. Wake N Bake by Rohan Joshi and Nanette by Hannah Gatsby (Boo, Dave Chapelle!) are a couple of quick picks.
- Basically any humor that doesn’t hurt, denigrate other human beings for their social characteristics.
Okay, now letting you in on a little secret, I hope to do my own standup show someday. Fingers crossed!
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