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Humor Etiquette Do's & Don'ts

 Humor Rule Number One:

Poke fun but Don't Make Fun of anyone

...other Than Yourself

Don't know the difference. This short video should help. 

Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody

else's expense. And I find that that's just a form of bullying in

a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny

and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting

somebody else's feelings.

Ellen DeGeneres

'Sarcasm': a sharp and often satirical or ironic

utterance designed to cut or give pain.

Humor and laughter is beneficial to everyone unless it is at

the expense of someone who doesn’t want to feel expendable.

Robert Bostick

Cynical humor is not funny for one reason. It tastes bitter.

Robert Bostick

When people are mean or angry they weaponize their words.

Humor can be a weapon too.

It’s called belittlement. To belittle someone is a cruel way of making someone else seem less important than yourself.

It's a form of bullying.

      Robert Bostick      

Make a hundred jokes about yourself

before you do a joke about someone else.

Sammy Obeid, Comedian

I enjoy using the comedy techniques of

self-deprecation—but I'm not very good at it.

Arnold Brown

Humor Rule Number Two:

Consider the Timing and Context of your Humor

For example during a big layoff, if you're the CEO, 

this is not the time to talk about your yacht problems.

Do you suffer from humor tone-deafness?

This short video should help. 

Humor is treacherous. It can charm, coax, and persuade,

but it can also distract, baffle or alienate the audience.

Eugene Finerman

Humor Rule Number Three:

Be sure the Humor you share has little

or no possibility of offending someone.

Religion and Politics are off-limits.

Avoid G.R.O.S.S. Humor:


Racist, Obscene, Sexual,


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Humor Etiquette

“If you ain’t one of em, don’t make fun of em.”

 Humor Proverb

"Humor is a wonderful way to engage your audience."

PS. It's always wise to run your humor ideas

past someone other than yourself.

Matt Abrahams,Stanford Business School Professor 

My Friend Lost His $400,00 Management Job Using Risky Humor


Without professional humor tools most people feel

like humor cavemen with just a club to get a laugh.

No wonder they’re afraid of someone getting hurt.

Robert Bostick, Founder HumorPoint

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