Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training

Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training

Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training

Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training

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The minute people find out you used to be a comedian, they positively burst into life. They move closer; they tell you about their favorite club. They ask, who's your favorite stand-up? Didn't they see you on Comedy Showcase?

And then they always, always do one thing: They tell you a joke. Verily spoke the vaudevillian: “Everybody's a comic.”

In 1990, I was instructor coordinator for a San Francisco traffic violator school. Traffic school in California is a sort of penance for speeders and stop sign cruisers—regular folks like you and me. They opt to sit through seven-hour lectures on stopping distances and decapitation, in return for keeping their tickets off the record. It's a little like hell: Lots of people attend, but no one wants to be there. At one point, some of these state-licensed schools started hiring comedians to teach. (Yes, only in California. )

Although at the time of this writing the idea has also been adopted by Texas
and Florida.

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