Humor is key to making a good impression and can come in handy in a number of ways. You want to connect with someone new? Make them laugh. If you're hoping to impress a date? Make him or her laugh. Looking to get a raise from your boss? You get the point. And what's the simplest and smartest way to make someone laugh? Tell a joke.
If you're naturally funny, then quick wit and humorous story telling isn't much of a challenge for you. Congratulations. But if you find it sometimes difficult to make a comical remark, then it'd help to understand why a joke works and how it's put together by one the great comics of our time. The Nerdwriter sums it up nicely in this video below where he breaks down one of Louis CK's bits: "Like great poetry, a great joke is language distilled to its most potent form." Here's how to break it down.
The Anatomy of a Joke
Volume 9 // 2017
When we started our 31 Days series, way back in 2009, it was an idea that began out of the natural tendency to see the new year as a restart of sorts. Each day, we put up a short tip or trick to help readers get a fresh start to the new year and step up their game. Then we did it again the next year and it's grown every year since, proving to be one of Valet.'s most popular series ever. This year, nearly a decade in, we've shifted the focus just a touch—narrowing in on skills and attributes we believe make you a better man. Little things that have a big, lasting impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Everyday this month, we'll introduce a topic or idea aimed at helping you look your best, feel great and be the civilized 21st century gentleman we all strive to be. Best of luck in 2017 and thanks for reading.