Why humor is dangerous…


Writing humor can be a risky business. Drama and suspense are much safer and here’s why. For me, I’m a natural cornball and my preference is to write with humor, but humor is extremely subjective. Most people can agree on what is serious (murder, child abuse, etc.) but very few agree on what’s funny. Did you ever go to a movie that your buddy claimed was hilarious and you found yourself sitting through the whole thing without laughing once? Yeah? Me too. It’s the nature of humor, a tricky beast that’s hard to harness. I believe that’s why publishers and movie makers shy away from funny, because one person’s funny is another person’s flop. I LOVE it, though, crazy person that I am, which is why I continue to write in both the humorous and suspenseful genres, and host a series of funny videos on Instagram.

After watching my Instagram zaniness, I get a lot of folks inquiring about where I get my sense of humor. It comes from my dad, and working in public school is a great place to exercise it. (Believe you me, if you don’t have a sense of humor, you won’t last long in the classroom.) I firmly believe God gave me a sense of humor so I can lift people’s spirits, so I try to do that. There is way too much crude, insulting “humor” in the world that ridicules and puts people down. I’m not a fan of that kind.

How about you? Do you find certain things funny that others do not? Have you seen movies that didn’t quite meet your standards for a comedy?



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paula Shreckhise on April 29, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Yep, I can’t see anything being funny with Adam Sandler in it! I’m also not a fan of Dumb and Dumber.
    But YOU ARE funny! Thanks!



  2. Posted by Lori Smanski on April 29, 2018 at 12:30 am

    I totally agree with you. In fact my husband and I area so different in humor. His is dry and sometimes sarcastic. Mine is more scatagorical. I do love books that have humor in them. And I think over time we learn which authors humor is like our own. I have a best friend, we love to share books back and forth. Her humor is like my husbands. So, we need to be mindful of the other when thinking of sharing a book with a lot of humor in it. Sometimes the story line is just so good that it doesn’t matter.

    Have a wonderful weekend. 😊



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