Public Speaking Course:
Words are Funny
Some words are just funnier than others. It's important to realize the words you choose can
be the key to creating a successful witty line or a dud. All professional
comedy writers agree on the following techniques which are taught in my
speaking course. The sound
of certain types of words used during your speech can almost guarantee a
laugh from your audience. In particular,
the 'K' sound in words is the granddaddy of all funny sounds.
Simon's play, The Sunshine Boys, Willy, a main character, gives his
nephew a lecture about comedy:
"Fifty-seven years in this business, you learn a few things. You
know which words are funny and which words aren't. Alka Seltzer
is funny. If you say "Alka Seltzer" you get a laugh . . . Words
with "k" in them are funny. Casey Stengel, that's a funny
name. Robert Taylor is not funny. Cupcake is funny. Tomato is not funny.
Cookie is funny. Cucumber is funny. Car keys. Cleveland . . . Cleveland
is funny. Maryland is not funny. Then, there's chicken. Chicken is funny.
Pickle is funny."
Knowing what words are funny is part of using the skills you learn in your
public speaking course.
There was a study done that researched why the 'k' sound is so funny to people. They
reasoned that it has something to do with the sounds we hear as babies that are
with comfort. Like cootchie-coo, cuddle, cozy, etc. Note that these
words don't have a 'K' in them, but they have the 'K' sound. Kinda Crazy,
huh? Or how about Captain Kangaroo? That brings up a funny thought or
Those turkeys over at XYA (remember no Z's allowed) company can't hold
a candle to our team of installers.
I'll bet you a cupcake to a cucumber the blue team will outsell the
So listen up kids, keep on keeping on.