Humor is complicated. What is hilarious for you is really boring for your brother, and vice versa.
Some guys play with words, or they exaggerate, or they make puns, or they just say (and shouldn’t) what reality is (Dilbert) :
In Belgium, they have a guy named Geluck, who – like often – doesn’t know how to draw, and invented a cat. Its name? Le Chat; The Cat. Voilà.
His system is to invent “not funny” things, which, in a complicated process many people have, makes it funny. For example :
“I invented this clock. The first one gives the time. The second one gives the time it will be in an hour”.
Hahaha. Burst laughing, or not?
Who are other “comicals”, who are fun because they’re not?
I read an interview of François Damien, a Belgian actor who just directed his first movie, a comedy. He talked about the editing process, saying he was afraid of comedies, in which each part “has to be funny”, which is boring and dangerous.
He said, therefore, that each time he felt “a will to make people laugh”, he cuts the sequence, then concluding with this : “Humor must be an accident. Thus even you build it, you have to build it like an accident”.
You can also read :
Intention of effect kills effect
I do agree with him. When the audience notices you “want” to make them laugh, most of them won’t! Or maybe they do, if they’re polite, haha…
What does that mean? That humor is like elegance (don’t show off, make it a feeling)? How will you do to “not show” you’re preparing something? A sudden thing (the accident type)? Something climbing under? A complexity, detected only by smart brains (and then you put your audience in your pocket)? What else? What’s the speed dial, in humor?
Have a nice day!
Giles was a cartoonist best known for his work for the British newspaper the Daily Express.
He drew mainly single but highly detailed panel, about British life.
I bought dozens of books in UK on ebay for nothing : he’s absolutely unknown outside of Great Britain because his “jokes” were often linked with British events. It’s now outdated, but what remains is so gorgeous that… I had to write about it. I’m thankful, in a way!
I admire him for his sense of space, light and scenery. There are often plenty of funny little details to look for. This gives you a special smile.
He invented a British family, and the star is “Grandma”.
I chose here three panels linked to bad weather. I love the three characters trying to hide from the cold wind in 1, the perspective and the wet road in 2, and the contrast of the guy sleeping and the rain outside in 3.
In a single drawing, you have a whole British mood. You will find plenty on Pinterest. Really, give it a try, watch his sense of image. This guy always knew where to put his camera…
Bloody rain! By Jove!
So well OK, you will find entire BOOKS about Mindful Eating, Mindful Walking, Mindful Mindfulness, whatever. One lever about creativity is combination, so I think you should write a book about another thing to do mindfully.
Put a poop mindfully is one of the best way to be a good mindfuller. Here are the 21 secrets, in disorder. Mindfulness does not care about sequence, order, etc.
- Don’t watch your cellphone, or any magazine, silly!
- Be awaaare of what’s happening
- Feel it, visualize the poo’s journey in you until, well, voilà
- Inspire, and visualize the air’s journey into your lungs
- Focus – but not too much
- Put down your panties… mindfully
- Never force out, but grin
- Be grateful and graceful, it goes without saying
- Between each push, think about it, and breathe deeper
- Know how and when to wait
- Watch the door and free your mind, that’s it
- Watch your hands when you grab paper, they’re dancing for you
- Be mindful about what you do with the paper, roll, fold : mindful always!
- Feel the color of the paper, it means something, mindfullnessly
- Open and/or close the door mindfully
- If you can, put a poo under the open sky – mother nature etc
- Calm is strength
- Don’t think; thoughts are just harmless black birds passing by, that’s all
- Be aware of your force
- Close your eyes, sometimes but not always
- Listen! Feel all you senses and be in harmony with noises
So what do you think of all these posts everywhere, built on this pattern : “n things your must know about this subjects”? Can be 12 funniest lolcats, 5 sex revelations, 6 best new technology or 12 tricks for photographers… Can you resist these hooks (which aims at you to go to other pages full of ads, of course)?
Thanks for reading! Have a nice poo!
Let me present you two French idioms about craziness :
- Il travaille du chapeau (he works from his hat)
- Il a une araignée dans le plafond (He has a spider in the ceiling)
Both say the same of course. I found in english :
He has a screw loose (I love this one!), he has bats in his belfry, but also “go bananas” (more angry? Then we’d say “Il a fait un caca nerveux” : He made a nervous poo) or “Out to lunch” (which seems slightly different and both made me laugh for ten minutes, at least).
OK, we have more too in French :
- Avoir les fils qui se touchent (his strings are touching each other)
- Parler aux murs (he speaks to walls)
- Il lui manque une case (he lacks one compartment)
- Il a un pète au casque (he has a bump at the helmet)
- Il est pas fini (he’s not finished)
- Il a un petit vélo dans la cafetière (he has a little bike in the coffee pot).
Like it? Try this page in French. For example, Portuguese say “He has little monkeys in the attic”.
Well, there’s something weird upstairs, right? 🙂
Thanks for reading!