The Value of Humor — The Oscars

We are reminded of the power of humor when we watch the Oscars program.  Or when we watch the Super Bowl.  Typically, 85% of Super Bowl commercials are based on humor.

The Oscars are almost always hosted by a stand-up comic.  The program last night opened with Neil Patrick Harris presenting a comedy song-and-dance routine.  The hosts of the program, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin opened with a comedy monologue customized with references to the top films and the celebrities in the audience.  They used self-deprecating humor poking fun at themselves and each other.  Baldwin said to Martin, “They don’t just give Oscars to stand-up comedians…like anyone needs to tell you that!”

And of course there were examples of Observational Humor.  After Geoffrey Fletcher’s emotional acceptance speech, with comments about not knowing what to say, Steve Martin quipped, “I wrote that speech for him.”

Since the pros in the advertising and entertainment business keep reminding us of the value of humor, they are giving us a not-so-subtle hint that humor is of great value to us when we speak.  Not that we need to be a stand-up comic, but that we need to sharpen our humor skills to the point where we can at least season our talks with just a sprinkle of humor. 

Look at your humor skill level and ask:  How can I get to the next level?  How can I be just a little funnier?  Fresh humor skills will give you a new platform from which you can jump to even higher levels of mastery.