Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Pot Luck – #Humor/Humour by Leon Stevens

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2020

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 46,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. Head over to find out how to participate: Posts from Your Archives 2021

This is the second post from poet Leon Stevens and Leon explores humour

Humor/Humour

I like to think of myself as a humorist/satirist. Making people laugh was a goal of mine from a young age. Many of my stories, blogs, and poems have a humorous tone to them. I’ll start this weekly segment with some reposts of my writings.

What is funny? Anything that makes you laugh, I suspect. Or chuckle, snicker, chortle, giggle, or smile. The measure of real humor is something that makes you laugh when you are alone. Think about it. When was the last time that you laughed out loud all alone? For most of us, it is rare, if non-existent. But, as they say, laughter is the best medicine. One feels contented after a good, long laugh.

I remember a time when I was sitting in the mall with my sister reading a newly purchased Calvin and Hobbes book. I remember it fondly because of the tears running down my cheeks from laughing so hard. There was the occasion when I couldn’t place my drive-thru order because I couldn’t talk through all my laughter (I don’t remember why, though). Then there was the time my mom said something that no one expected her to say…

You can’t feel angry when you are laughing. Or sad, or alone, or helpless…Pain disappears for a while (not counting the pain in your side). You can laugh so hard that you cry, and those tears can wash away any sad thoughts- at least for awhile. Laughing is contagious. Try to hold a straight face while others around you are partaking in the joy.

I like to make people laugh. It makes me happy. Most of my writing these days has a humorous edge to it, even with some of the more serious topics. Some of my ideas were the catalyst for my cartoon, The Miniscules.

People’s sense of humor evolves. What was funny as a child (farts) is not necessarily funny as an adult (notice that I said not necessarily, I bet you know someone who still laughs at them). Children get some of their sense of humor from their parents, and they also get it from peers and pop culture. Schools can be a breeding ground for hurtful humor, but I know that our educators do their best to teach what is acceptable.

Humor is constantly changing. What was thought of as humorous in the past is no longer acceptable. Many comedians went through times (some still do) of pushing boundaries and limits, using race, gender, sexual orientation, status, profanity, and taboo subjects in order to get a rise or laugh out of the crowd. People supported this hurtful, questionable content, demanding more profane, edgier routines.

I know. I was there. I admit, I laughed. Now I don’t.

Comedians now have to adapt their craft and evolve with the times. Many will fall and fade, while others will use their talent to give us the laughs we deserve.

One last thought: Has anybody ever actually laughed at a “Knock, Knock” joke?  – What do you find funny? I would love to know.

©Leon Stevens 2020

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About Leon Stevens

Leon Stevens is a writer, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He became a writer out of necessity. Along with song writing, poetry has allowed him to make sense and accept events and situations in his life. He published his first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions

 

Thanks very much for dropping in and I hope you will head over to check Leon’s books and blog out.. thanks Sally.

26 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2021 – #Pot Luck – #Humor/Humour by Leon Stevens

  1. Leon is a multi-talented man, I see. I love funny books. Catch 22 makes me laugh out loud, no matter how often I read it. And William Trevor’s The Old Boys has the same effect. On Netflix I’m watching The Big Bang Show, at least one episode a night; it makes me laugh out loud – all on my own! I’ll definitely have a look at his blog.

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  2. I am happy to say that I laugh every day, either at myself or my family, (we are inclined to do pretty stupid things). And I laugh when I’m on my own. I try not to laugh when I’m on my own out in a public space, but that isn’t always easy – like not singing along to a good song in the supermarket (it’s as well those are few and far between). And if I can make people laugh with what I’m laughing at, all the better!
    So keep up the good work Leon, I shall now be watching. 😀

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  3. The world would be a grim place without humour and I give my thanks to anyone who can make people laugh. Thanks, Leon, and thank you, Sally, for sharing this. xx

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  4. First, I’m with Leon on knock-knock jokes. I don’t find most of them even mildly amusing. I think the best humor is the type of humor that isn’t so personal. The Don Rickles insulting humor never did it for me either. I prefer the kind of humor that focuses on the absurdities of human nature.

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