You might believe that humor is just that: humor. Isn’t it just there to make you laugh? But did you realize that there are various sorts of humor? And isn’t it true that not everyone finds the same things amusing?
Dry humor is not the polar opposite of wet humor, contrary to common opinion. Instead, it’s a style of humor that emphasizes the lack of emotion and facial emotions.
Deadpan is another term for dry comedy. It’s also called deadpan humor since the individual telling the joke doesn’t show any emotion and speaks in a matter-of-fact tone.
This non-dramatic, below-the-belt style of joke is simply a funny quip made about another person, situation, or occurrence.
The problem with this type of humor is that many individuals may or may not understand it. When dry jokes are tossed their way, some people may interpret it as an insult.
Dry Humor Comedians
- Steven Wright
- Mitch Hedberg
- Tig Notaro
- Nick Thune
- Rita Rudner
- Demetri Martin
- Nick Offerman
- Bill Murray
- Tim Heidecker
- Todd Barry
Examples Of Humor
He might, for example, tell a joke in the same tone of voice that someone might use when discussing the weather or what they’re going to eat for dinner. He also won’t make the energetic motions or facial expressions that other comedians do.
- “A cop stopped me for speeding. He said, ‘Why were you going so fast?’ I said, ‘See this thing my foot is on? It’s called an accelerator. When you push down on it, it sends more gas to the engine. The whole car just takes right off. And see this thing? This steers it.” ~ Steven Wright.
- “Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait.” ~ A. Whitney Brown.
- “The most important thing I would learn in school was that almost everything I would learn in school would be utterly useless. When I was fifteen I knew the principal industries of the Ruhr Valley, the underlying causes of World War One and what Peig Sayers had for her dinner every day…What I wanted to know when I was fifteen was the best way to chat up girls. That is what I still want to know.” ~ From The Secret World of the Irish Male by Joseph O’Connor.
- “I’ve never been married, but I tell people I’m divorced so they won’t think something is wrong with me.” ~ Elayne Boosler.
How to Develop a Dry Sense of Humor
1. Pay Close Attention
Outside of the slapstick category, most humor is based on observation. You’ll hear mostly observations of everyday life if you listen to a Jerry Seinfeld standup. What he talks about would be boring in the hands of others, yet his jokes are irresistibly entertaining.
2. Learn to Self-Reflect
Pay attention to your initial impressions of a scenario. Your inner voice can be a never-ending wellspring of creativity.
3. Become a Word Nerd
Dry wit necessitates a strong command of the language. To be successful at wordplay, you must first understand words and how to twist them.
4. Look for Humor
The majority of your time is taken up with serious matters. It’s easy to get caught up in the bad and drudge through your everyday tasks. Making the decision to lighten up might help you and others find more happiness.