Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Mark Twain once said, "Beware of people who say, "Do you want to hear something funny?'"


I know what he meant. Humor is based, at least in part, on the unexpected, and in many cases the undeserved. I never label myself as a humorist because people sit back and say, "Okay, make me laugh."


Instead, I advertise my public speaking only as "A look at language and why we laugh." As a result, people don't expect me to be funny. They also don't come to the speech.


To my chagrin, Tom Hardin has told some people that this space in the newsletter will be written by one of Indiana's best humorists. That person was not available, so I got the job.


This is a scary start - lots to live up to. But I've been in love with laughter my whole life. I spent my entire time in elementary school in detention for making my fellow students giggle. It was worth every second. Every hour, too.


I do hope to make you laugh. At least smile. I'll do this by taking the truth and blowing it up slightly, for that's what humor is. It's the space between how things really are and how ridiculous they can get.


I'm a fan of gentle humor, humor that points out the absurdity of life; not humor that's cynical and destructive. Yes, humor is blowing up the truth, but we don't want anyone to get hurt in the explosion.