Amazing Tips from famous comedians to Make a funny presentation:
Comedians regularly appear on stage and know how to tell their stories to an often critical audience. Their message must be clear and is a mixture of information and entertainment. They are therefore experts when it comes to presentation.
Comedians are good public speakers and know how to captivate a diverse audience with their presentations. They are the experts to ask how you can make a relatively boring medium, such as PowerPoint, interesting and use it effectively.
1. Use the rule of 3
“This rule is the basic structure for jokes and ideas, and it plays into the way we process information,” explains Tim Lee. “We have become very adept at recognizing patterns. 3 is the smallest number of elements needed to create a pattern. The combination of patterns and brevity makes for memorable content.”
2. Use anecdotes from everyday life
The safest humor consists of personal stories because they are original anyway and can be easily practiced and perfected. Ricky Gervais: “As a creator/creator, your job is to get an audience as excited and fascinated by a subject as you are, true stories and real-life situations tend to do that.”
3. Determine the essentials and get to it quickly
Jimmy Carr: “Comic writing isn’t really about writing, it’s more about editing. It’s about what you don’t say. How can I get to the funny part in as few words as possible?”
4. Find the comic relief in pain points
“To really laugh, you have to deal with your pain and play with it,” Charlie Chaplin said. While he probably didn’t mean the customer’s pain points, you can probably find a way to apply this wisdom.
5. Think about failures and first times
“A lot of people ask me for help creating a funnier speech. They want to know where to find comic relief. I always suggest taking a look in the mirror first. First, look at where you went wrong and how your first times went. The first time you did something wrong. Spectators love that modesty and openness,” said Darren LaCroix.
6. Visualize your jokes
“Presentations have an added advantage over most traditional stand-up comedy stages…A giant screen that the audience can stare at all the time while you’re giving your presentation,” explains Sammy Urgent. “In a world where funny Photoshopped images, memes, and GIFs dominate our devices, visual humor is bigger and more important than ever. So don’t just say funny things in your presentation. Show them too.”
7. Fun is more important than funny
Andrew Tarvin points out that making people laugh is just one type of humor. “Making them smile is something completely different,” he explains. “When you start, focus on making things fun instead of making everything funny.”
8. Tell a joke
If you have made people laugh with it, a joke has already been able to provide added value.
One of Rajiv Satyal ‘s favorites: “A guy enters a monastery and takes an oath of silence. He is only allowed to speak 2 words every 7 years. After the first 7 years, he may join the monastic elders. They ask him for his two words. He says: “Cold floors”. They nod and send him away. Another 7 years pass. They bring him back and ask for his two words. He clears his throat. “Bad food,” he says. They nod and send him away. Another 7 years have passed. He may again appear before the Elders with his two words. “I stop.” One of the Elders looks at him and says, “That’s not surprising. You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”
“That joke has never failed me in any context,” Satyal says. It’s easy to connect it to something within an organization, it’s nice and ‘clean’ enough to tell in an office.
9. Do like Jerry Seinfeld and use funny words
Some words are funnier than others and can be entertaining without context. For example, words with a ‘k’ in them are quite funny: brine, parakeet, Alka-Seltzer, chicken. Words with the ‘l’, on the other hand, are less funny. For example, Jerry Seinfeld once wrote a piece about a Pop-Tart, a kind of pastry made by Kellogg’s, simply because it’s a funny word.
10. Paint a picture for others
“Comedy is in the details, but don’t overdo it,” says Reggie Steele. “Just enough to outline the situation and determine the atmosphere. Talk to people as if you were speaking to a blind person or as if you were creating something for the radio. Details are important.”
11. Do something memorable
“This can be good or bad. But memory is more powerful than just being fun,” according to Sammy Obeid.
12. Jokes are: 1, 2 … 4
“It looks like they’re building a pattern, but then they just break it down when it’s about to become one,” explains Rajiv Satyal. “In this example, you think I’m counting, but when you hear “4,” you know I was actually doubling numbers. In retrospect – if you have been able to think about it – it is correct. Jokes work through the element of surprise. Too many presentations present things that people already know (1.2 … 3) or things that they are not immediately interested in or do not know how to deal with (1.2 … 7). Give them something that they will remember and that is still fun.”
13. Use the art of deception
“The great thing about a business presentation, compared to stand-up comedy, is that it’s easier for the audience to be tricked with a joke,” says Cody Woods. “The many preliminary presentations they’ve had to go through have ensured that they don’t expect anything else. Use this to your advantage.”
14. Put the word that carries the joke at the end of the sentence
“For example, if the surprise or twist is the fact that it’s a cat, don’t say ‘There was a cat in the box. Say, “In that box, there was a cat.” That way you’re not talking when your audience should be laughing,” said Matt Kirschen.
15. Use Voltage
“Tension has to be built for the punch line of a joke to work,” explains Zahra Noorbakhsh. Tension builds the desire to see a problem – small or large – solved. If you can figure out what makes your audience uncomfortable, restless, or uncomfortable, you can work backward to find the joke that can put them out of their misery.”
16. Avoid suddenly forgetting everything
Use memorization techniques. For example, use an image that creates an interaction with your environment. “For my sushi joke, I use an image of a sushi chef,” confesses Richard Sarvate. “When I put him in the elevator in the lobby, I imagine he starts hitting the elevator buttons with his fist in frustration. Now that there is the interaction between him and my environment, it suddenly becomes much easier to visualize and remember the joke. It’s helpful to make the image as bizarre as possible so it’s easier to remember. For my Indian-Mexican joke, I imagine Krishna wearing a sombrero. A ridiculous image that you don’t easily forget.”
17. Use your hands
“Speak with your hands out in front of you, not with your hands uselessly next to your flanks,” warns Matt Morales. “Pretend you’re holding a potion in each hand that you’re going to spill when you lower your arms. Or just hold two beers.”
18. Use metaphors and analogies, combined with exaggeration
“Analyze the pattern of something you’re criticizing, and then pick a metaphor that makes fun of it,” says Brian Carter. “For example, I’m trying to explain that organic social marketing without ads (while hoping it goes viral anyway) is like trying to drive a car that only other people can put fuel in when they feel like it and let’s just hope they do. Exaggerating makes everything funnier.”
19. If you feel the energy going down, jack it back up
“Haven’t the host introduced you with a thunderous round of applause, don’t hesitate to ask your audience for a round of applause anyway,” laughs Sarah Cooper. “You can ask for a round of applause for the host or hostess, for yourself, for those who have already given a presentation for you, a sponsor or organizers, but also for the audience itself (even if they think they are clapping for themselves, will still feel like they are clapping for you).”
20. Have faith in the funny parts of your presentation
“Your jokes are funny, have faith in them,” says Brandon Scott Wolf. “Bring your punchline with a little empathy, and give the audience a few moments to process what you’ve said so they can laugh.”
21. Amuse you
“Don’t bring anything that would bore you too. If you’re bored when you tell it, you can bet your audience will be bored when they hear it,” says Sal Calanni.
22. Proper planning can prevent you from underperforming
Over-preparing will have you prepared for anything. It will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to take on anything that comes your way. Or listen to Steve Martin: “Perseverance is a good substitute for talent.”
23. Don’t Trust Potential
“Do not do it! Stay away from your potential,” Moran warns. “You will blow it. It’s potential, leave it be. It’s like your bank account, you always have a lot less than you think.”