What Makes Me Laugh

What makes you laugh?

I’m working on a series of videos talking about hints for acting, directing, and other areas of theatre. One of the videos, strictly or entertainment, is called “The Three Faces of Steve,” which shows what to watch for if you are watching me watching a show.

But—what makes me laugh? Even though it’s hard (but not impossible!) to get a real belly laugh out of me, I find many things funny. Please note, however, that I am not one of these people who look at you with a deadpan expression and say, “That’s so funny.” If it is funny, you should laugh.

For me, a variety of things will tickle my funnybone, as they say. (Side note: I typed “funnybone” and it was autocorrected to “funny one.”) Stupid jokes, puns, visual humor, comic stories with thought behind them—all of these work on me, and I especially enjoy insightful and satiric comments, as well as a touch of the absurd.

A recent example of something I found very funny was Marc Maron talking about turmeric. The spice? Yes, exactly! His commentary on why it should be used for its supposed health benefits cracked me up—mostly because I myself have said, “Why turmeric?”

The most important part, though, is to keep laughing. Succumbing to negativity is not an option, at least for me.

And take your turmeric!

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

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