Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Purposely Misunderstand

In my previous blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson11: Sit and Pay Attention, I showed how being quiet and noticing your environment can lead to unseen ideas for material. In this blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson12: Purposely Misunderstand, I’ll demonstrate how easy it is to find jokes through misunderstanding what others are saying.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 12: Purposely Misunderstand

In life we all strive to understand and to be understood. This assumption makes it easy to turn the tables and purposely misunderstand to find jokes. The trick is to convince the other person that you’re really did misunderstand. When the person tries to straighten out the misunderstanding, this will give you more information to misunderstand.

Comedy Classes in Your Mind Game: sort for ambiguities and accept the meaning that was not meant, and then continue the conversation as if that wrong meaning is the right one. For instance, I was riffing an audience and asked a guy sitting next to a gal if they were a couple. He said, “More or less.” I looked at the gal, “Do you realize he thinks you’re in a moral-less relationship?” It got worse for the guy from that point on. Easy laughs.

Word of Warning: this can get irritationg quickly, so notice when to move on. And please don’t try this while getting a traffic ticket.

In my next blog, Comedy Classes in Your Mind – Lesson 13, Speak for Object, I’ll discuss how to take on the point of view of objects to create humor.


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