Learn how to get paid to speak in public. Subscribe to a Great Speaking ezine for FREE

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 public 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. 
In Neil 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 associated 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 two.

Examples:

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 gold team.

So listen up kids, keep on keeping on.

Home 
Articles Index

 

Copyright 2005 All Rights Reserved