One day I was making faces at kids during recess to make them laugh. My teacher told me, “Jerry, when I was little, my mother told me that if you keep making faces it will stick like that”. I said “Well, at least you were warned”.
Making people laugh has always been a priority for me. Aside from the obvious fact that humor can make you a lot of friends quickly, it can ward off bullies. Who doesn’t like to laugh? The teacher I spoke to earlier in the blog didn’t laugh.
Laughter is something that never gets old. In fact, I know a few people who are making a handsome living teaching about humor in the workplace or just making funny speeches at corporate events. There is a huge need for folks with those skills.
If you feel like trying out stand up comedy, you can get my book, You’re Funny! You Should Be A Comedian! where you’ll learn everything you need to know about being a successful comedian. If you want to create a presentation about something that is different about you, you can get Judy Carter’s book, The Story of You.
Since I became ill, I’ve been unable to make personal appearances of any kind, so I write books and blogs, teach comedy classes and coach comedians on line. All of these activities are fun and rewarding and I haven’t given up on getting well enough to continue public speaking.
Today is no different than what I told my teacher that day, and even if she was mad at the time, I know she laughed about it at some point. The landscape is different and it’s about motivating and/or making strangers laugh, which requires certain skill sets.
If you have the desire, or know someone who does, my on line classes are awesome and only $35 for 2 1/2 hours. That is an amazing value, considering I have been doing stand up comedy and public speaking for 30 years and have helped more than a thousand people get a head start. It’s really fun watching them on National Television or headlining major clubs.