Sadly, this isn’t my quote. I wish it was. It would be nice to be this witty.
It came from that man genius Joey Tribbiani on an episode of Friends (and Tweeted by Scott Elias, an assistant principal in Northern Colorado… good luck on that doctorate degree).
Actually, I guess Joey didn’t really come up with it. Or Scott. It was undoubtedly from a writer on the show.
Most likely the writer in question was really skinny and quiet in school. I bet he (or she) wore black a lot, read a ton of books, and watched hours of TV. I am guessing he always got C’s and D’s in English. Every parent teacher conference likely ended with the teacher telling his parents… “If he would just apply himself.”
Some teachers may have even pegged him as a colossal failure. And look at him now. Living in Hollywood, writing for a hit TV show (although now possibly unemployed), and getting quoted in a major educational blog (yes, I mean this one…).
Turns out he was probably just bored in high school.
I have been thinking about hiring someone like this to ghost write my blog. Let’s be honest, they could certainly do a better job. Plus, it would free up some time for me (I am so behind on my naps).
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked how one becomes funny. What kind of question is that?
How do I know? And if I did, I am not sure I would have told them.
Seems to me this information could be valuable (as I write this, I am doing my best Dr. Evil laugh… mwahahahaha… which reminds me, I need a cat).
If I knew how to be funny, I might teach a class on it. Maybe start a website. Possibly even write a book or a blog. A guy needs paid after all.
Obviously this person who asked the question is not a reader of the blog. If he was he would certainly be asking someone else.
I don’t know what makes funny.
This conversation did get me to thinking.
Why are some people funny and others are not? Or is everyone funny, but we only recognize it if they share our sense of humor type?
Or are some people just cursed with a non-funny gene? Is it possible to go through life and be 100% non-funny? Maybe I should ask Carrot Top?
Should we take these people and teach them funny? Or should we drop them on an island out in the middle of nowhere (as if most islands aren’t in the middle of nowhere?) so they don’t drag the rest of us down?
I say this because I prefer students in school who are funny. There is just something about them that makes them interesting.
They seem to get it (and I have no idea what “it” is, but I recognize it when I see it).
These students are the ones that don’t take themselves too seriously.
The ones that can make a joke and more importantly take a joke.
The ones that aren’t offended by every little comment.
These are the ones that I look forward to seeing in the hallway.
It seems to me that with funny comes a smile and a positive attitude. You can’t really be depressed and funny.
I am willing to bet that funny people even make more money over the course of their careers than people who aren’t funny (mental note: do an elaborate study on funny and money).
Maybe we should add a Funny Class to the list of things that we teach kids in school. After all, we teach them how to drive a car, act appropriately, play sports and countless other things.
One more class on the schedule shouldn’t be a problem.
Especially if the students make us laugh.
Down the line this could benefit all of us.
We would have a much more productive and a happier society (and possibly graduates who make more money… I will let you know when the study is complete… or maybe Scott could do it for his doctorate??).
Maybe, just maybe one of these newly-educated students in funny will graduate and take over this blog?
And I could nap. Seems like a win-win to me.