by Paul McGhee
Yes, you can speed up your mind’s quickness at coming up with your own puns and other forms of verbal humor. This book builds your spontaneous verbal wit by giving you hundreds of opportunities to create your own funny punch line to jokes. A broad range of humor techniques are represented, and a key part of the punch line is missing. Using the clue provided gradually builds the habit and skill of thinking of funny punch lines on your own. The Boost Your HQ joke included on the Home Page demonstrates how this technique works. The more effort you put into trying to come up with your own punch line, the faster the progress you’ll see in taking your spontaneous wittiness to the next level. As with Stumble Bees & Pelephones, this book offers a fun way to pass time on long driving trips—while boosting your sense of humor at the same time!
Here are a couple of examples to give you a sense of how this book works. Remember, the key to using the book to build your verbal humor skills is to actively make the effort to generate your own answer before you check the answer in the book. Otherwise, this book becomes just another joke book; so don’t waste its amazing power as a skill-building tool. [Answers are at bottom of the page.]
As two politicians discuss strategies, the Democrat says, “Whenever I take a cab, I give the driver a large tip and say, ‘Vote Democratic’.” The Republican says, “I have a similar approach. Whenever I take a cab, I ______________________, and say, ‘Vote Democratic’.”
CLUE: Remember, this is a Republican talking, so is he really doing the same thing with the cab driver?
An Iowa farmer visits his cousin in New York City. They come out of a restaurant and find it raining. “Oh no!” said the farmer, “It’s raining cats and dogs. It’s the worst thing that could happen during my visit.”
“Oh, there’s something worse than that, “said the New Yorker, “___________ taxis.”
1st CLUE: A familiar bad-weather event.
2nd CLUE: Getting a taxi driving by to stop and pick you up.
Special note to non-native speakers of English: See the discussion of Stumble Bees & Pelephones (a humor skills book for elementary school children) regarding use of that book to boost your ability to understand and create jokes in English. After starting with those simpler forms of humor, you can then move on the jokes contained in this book.
ANSWERS to jokes:
1) don’t give any tip at all (of course, you can reverse Republican and Democrat here, depending on who you want to be the “butt” of the joke).
2) got about an inch (or any other small number).
Contents (Types of jokes used to build verbal humor skills)
Signs and Bumper Stickers
From the Mouths of Children
Stories and Longer Jokes