Get More Laughter Vol 9 Issue 2

Get More Laughter Vol 9, Issue 2
by David Granirer author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success
In This Issue
Workplace Humor: How To Use It Without Losing Your Job part 2
Things you can do to help!
Featured Article
This Month’s Joke

Workplace Humor: How To Use It Without Losing Your Job Part 2

In the last ezine we looked at some general rules for using humor at work. Here is a continuation of that article.

Click here to view part 1 or other archived ezine issues

Of course it’s OK to pick on your own ethnic or minority group, at least to a certain extent. One of my comedy students is hard of hearing (he calls it being deaf), and he makes some very funny and pointed remarks about deaf people. If a non-deaf comic made those same remarks she’d be toast! And just because someone picks on his or her group doesn’t make it OK for you to join in unless you’re part of that group. In his comedy act, Chris Rock uses certain words that only a member of his minority group can use and no one else. Look what recently happened to Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Now you might be thinking, “My friends are OK with my warped, off color sense of humor, so why shouldn’t I be able to make the same remarks at work?” Simple, because the people at work aren’t your friends. Some of them may be, but chances are not all of them are. There’s a difference between your workplace and your personal life. You may like to walk around the house in your underwear and pick your nose, but these charming practices wouldn’t be accepted in the workplace. Same with certain kinds of jokes that target people lower on the PPS, contain graphic sexual details or bodily functions references.

The other confusing factor is that some workplaces break some or all of these rules. For example, I’ve had women tell me that in their workplaces lots of swearing and crude sexual innuendo goes on all the time and that they think it’s hilarious. Or in some workplaces different ethnic groups poke fun at each other.

These workplaces tend to comprise small groups working far away from head office. They are often front-line personnel like road crews, police, fire, ambulance, medical staff and other crisis responders. They are also usually characterized by the high degree of trust group members have for each other. Group members also demonstrate a high level of sensitivity, knowing just how far they can go and when to stop. This means no hurtful racial epithets or other phrases that are designed to purposefully wound.

But just because these workplaces exist doesn’t mean that their take no prisoners form of humor will work in your workplace. As a matter of fact, chances are good it probably won’t. If you want to keep your job, stay within the: Never pick on anyone lower down on the Percieved Power Structure than yourself.

Click here to view Part 1 or other archived ezine issues

For more on David’s book The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success click here
Learn how you can be happy, productive, and well-adjusted while remaining as neurotic as ever!

Things you can do to help!
If you’re ever in Guelph Ontario, visit the Bookshelf. It’s a combination bookstore, cinema, and ebar. The owner, Barb Minett is a huge supporter of mental health and has done many kind and generous things over the years. They deserve our support!

David Granirer gives laughter in the workplace presentations helping hundreds of organizations throughout North America reduce stress, increase wellness, and cope with change. For more information on his presentations, stand-up comedy, products, and articles call (604) 205-9242 or go to

For information on Stand Up For Mental Health, his course teaching stand up comedy to people with mental illlness go to

For info on his book The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst CanLead to Happiness and Success go to

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Cracking Up wins VOICE Award!!!

Cracking Up, the documentary about Stand Up For Mental Health, my course teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental illness has won a VOICE Award.

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Voice Awards honor writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of individuals with mental health problems into film and television productions.

The awards ceremony took place on May 28 in Los Angeles. Congratulations to the documentary’s producers Tara Shortt, Lionel Goddard, and Todd Craddock.

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Cracking Up is hilarious and fun way to educate your organization about mental illness. It makes for a great lunch and learn or educational workshop!

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Sad but True!

This month we feature more real life comedy that writes itself.

In the last ezine we featured this: A wilderness area asked hikers to fill out comment cards. Here are more comments left by hikers:

Trail needs to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.

Please pave the trails so they can be plowed of snow during the winter.

The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.

A small deer came into my camp and stole my jar of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call XXX-XXX-XXXX.

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