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    Default list of conversational humor techniques

    A while back someone posted an article that had a list of conversational humor techniques. The list was between 5 to 10 techniques, one for instance might have been repeating something you said before. It's bit fuzzy for me, but I remember that it had some really sound basic humor techniques. Anyone remember seeing this, if so please post a link, it would be most appreciated.

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    Default Re: list of conversational humor techniques

    Found it, don't know where it came from I just cut and pasted it onto a word doc a long time ago, hope it is useful. Certainly though if anyone can add some stuff please do.

    Basic conversational improve techniques to get her in a good mode
    Funny Fundamental #1: TheBait-and-Switch
    From: Andy Vastola, a comic who's appeared on The Late Show with DavidLetterman
    "The 'bait-and-switch' is often used to keep the otherperson on their toes and to prevent the conversation from getting stale. Thereare two basic steps to the 'bait and switch.' Step one: Deliberatelymisinter pret something your date says. Step two: Answer with a statement that'sa play on what they've said. For example, your date may ask, 'How do you likethe scones?' (the bait). Your response: 'I don't know; I've never seen TheScones in concert. Are they good?' (the switch). This is a win/win situation.If your date laughs, it means they have a sense of humor and they're a keeper.If not, they think you're a bonehead and will do the breaking up for you."

    Funny Fundamental #2: The Callback
    From: Dan Allen, stand-up comic on Comedy Central's Premium Blend
    "Show your date that you're able to laugh at your mistakes — and bringback a funny moment throughout the night — with a technique called 'thecallback.' For example, one time I accidentally mispronounced 'Pinot Grigio' as'Peanut Gringo,' much to the amusement of my date (and our waiter). Then,throughout the evening, I occasionally inserted intentional mispronunciations —like 'Fill-ette migg-non' — into the conversation. It showed that I could makefun of myself and be creative at the same time. A word of warning: Use thistechnique only three times in the night—after that, the joke gets old, andthere's a fine line between hilarious and just reminding your date you messedup."

    Funny Fundamental #3: CharacterVoices
    From: Ophira Eisenberg, stand-up comic and a panelist for Us Weekly's FashionPolice
    "Pump up your anecdotes with fun character voices to get your date moreinterested and laughing. We're not talking about Daffy Duck impressions—stickto mimicking characters in your story. Trust me, the time you got pulled overfor a speeding ticket will be so much funnier if you give the cop an oafishvoice. And don't worry if you can't master an accent or if it's not a goodimpression—it's the effort that counts! However, don't risk trying animpression of your date while on the date. Save that for years down theroad."

    Funny Fundamental #4: The Save
    From: Christian Finnegan, panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever, a tongue-in-cheekroundup of pop culture
    "A 'save' is when you create an awkward situation by accident and thenalleviate your blunder by saying something funny. For instance, you might go ona 10-minute tirade about how much you loathe Billy Joel only to have your datetell you she's seen him in concert 14 times. At this point you may be temptedto apologize, but don't. You said what you said—equivocating just makes youlook weak. To 'save' this situation, you need to take your argument to absurdproportions, and say something like, 'Obviously you're unaware that Billy Joelcheated my entire family out of our fortune.' This renders the wholeconversation ridiculous, and therefore harmless. And by not immediatelyapologizi ng, you display a blend of confidence and independence. 10 points foryou!"

    Funny Fundamental #5: The "Yes,And…" Tactic
    From: Carmen Lynch, comedian on Last Comic Standing
    "The 'yes, and...' is simply building on a statement your date makes inorder to move the conversation to an absurd new level. For example, if yourdate takes one look at the restaurant bill and says it's so high he'll have torob a bank to cover it, don't just let his comment sit there. Take it one stepfurther by saying, 'Sure, robbing a bank sounds like a good idea—and there'sone just down the block. How about I drive the getaway car?' If, however, youaren't digging the guy, definitely don't 'yes, and...' his offer for a seconddate. End the improv scene right there!"

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    Default Re: list of conversational humor techniques

    I enjoyed reading this, but its going to take a lot of practice and many failed attempts at applying it.

    I think it reveals that we practice humor on our friends to prepare for those situations where you are about to make an important first impression with someone else.

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    Default Re: list of conversational humor techniques

    I'll also share a little something I stumbled onto. I often have trouble remembering names. It actually bugs me, and makes me feel socially awkward. Well, I called this woman I know at skating by the wrong name. Really odd because I DO remember her name..... normally. Well, anyway, I turned it into a game. I call her different names on purpose. She has also had some guests join her at the rink, and she introduces me to them. I intentionally misquote their names back. Hey, this is Bob. Oh, high Tom, nice to meet you. No, my name is Bob. Oh, Cindy told me Tom. She is ALWAYS telling me the wrong names of people. This usually earns me a punch in the arm. Just a playful way to play off my inability to remember names.


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