ON HUMOR Resources

The study of Humor is deep. It takes a scholarly approach, mischievous spirit and deep understanding of people. Not something you take lightly or pick up overnight. Learning to make people laugh is a long-term commitment.

The speaker who can use humor to effectively communicate their message, in a sincere and uplifting way, possesses a priceless gift. Like any asset of great value, it is earned. Unlike other assets, it can be shared without loss. The materials offered here come from people who work with humor and want to share their knowledge.

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Books are organized alphabetically by author/editor and are presented in three sections:
In Print, Out of Print and direct from individuals currently writing, presenting and publishing books on humor.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Podium:
The Speaker's Complete Guide to Great Jokes, Anecdotes and Stories
And I Quote: The Definitive Collection of Quotes, Sayings, and Jokes
for the Contemporary Speechmaker

Ashton Applewhite
Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience
Peter L. Berger
Doc Blakely's Handbook of Wit and Pungent Humor
James Blakely
How the Platform Professionals "Keep Em' Laughing"
James Blakely
Medical Wit and Wisdom: The Best Medical Quotations from Hippocrates to Groucho Marx
Jess M. Braillier
Braude's Treasury of Wit and Humor for All Occasions
Jacob M. Braude
The Algonquin Wits
Robert E. Drennan (Editor)
Public Speaker's Handbook of Humor
Larry Eisenberg
Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious
Sigmund Freud
A-Z Sparkling Illustrations : Stories, Anecdotes, and Humor for Speakers
Stephen Gaukroger, Nick Mercer
Speaker's Library of Business Stories, Anecdotes, and Humor
Joe Griffith
1001 More Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking
Michael Hodgin, Ed.
How to Tell a Story and How to Have One for Any Occasion : 1000 Stories, Anecdotes, and One-Liners
by Harry C. Hornblower
Podium Humor: A Raconteur's Treasury of Witty and Humorous Stories
James C. Humes
The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Chruchill:
A Treasury of More than 1,000 Quotations and Anecdotes

James C. Humes
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Boardroom : Using Humor in Business Speaking
Michael Iapoce
The Toastmaster General's Guide to Successful Public Speaking.
George Albert Jessel
Humorous Stories about the Human Condition: An Indexed Collection of Anecdotes
Eric B. Johnson(Editor)
I've Asked Miller to Say a Few Words: New and Exciting Ways to Improve Speaking and Presentation Skills Through the Use of Improvisational Comedy techniques.
by Cherie Kerr
Stories for Public Speakers
Morris Mandel (Compiler)
Happily Ever After: The Wit and Wisdom of Marriage
Jim McMullan
Canetti and Nietzsche: Theories of Humor in Die Blendung
Harriet Murphy
2000 Sure Fire Jokes for Speakers and Writers : The Encyclopedia of One-Liner Comedy
Robert Orben
2100 Laughs for All Occasions
Robert Orben
2000 Sure Fire Jokes for Speakers and Writers:
The Encyclopedia of One-Liner Comedy

Robert Orben
Joke Teller's Handbook
Robert Orben
The Social Faces of Humor: Practices and Issues
George E. C. Patton(Editor)
Business Humor: Jokes & How to Deliver Them
Gene Perret
A Cultural History of Humor: From Antiquity to the Present Day
Herman Roodenburg(Editor)
New Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
Ned Sherrin (Editor)
How to Be the Life of the Podium : Openers, Closers and Everything
in Between to Keep Them Listening

Sylvia Simmons
Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience!
Joanna Slan
Speaker's Treasury of Political Stories, Anecdotes and Humor
Gerald Tomlinson


*** TITLE *** denotes classic works that are a must for any serious student of humor. These may be available on Amazon, but if not, check used book stores or search on line.

Funny People, Steve Allen
The Funny Men, Steve Allen
How Speakers Make People Laugh, Bob Bassindale
Speakers on the Spot : A Treasury of Anecdotes for Coping With Sticky Situations, Edgar Bernhard
Humor in Public Speaking, J. Edward Day
Wit's end : days and nights of the Algonquin Round Table, Robert E. Drennan
The Speaker's Handbook of Humor, Maxwell Droke
*** The Enjoyment of Laughter ***, Max Eastman
*** The Sense of Humor ***, Max Eastman
*** Humor of Humor ***, by Evan Esar
Wit's end: the best of the brilliant humour of the celebrated Round Table, James R. Gaines
Speech is Golden, Gerald Gardner
The Psychology of Humor, Goldstein & McGhee
***When it's Laughter You're After***, Stewart Harral
Cruel and Unusual Puns, Don Hauptman
Humor and Eloquence in Public Speaking, Edward J. Hegarty
Podium Humor, James C. Humes
More Podium Humor, James C. Humes
***Humor, Its Theory and Technique***, Stephen Leacock
Eloquence in Public Speaking, Dr. Kenneth McFarland
Humor: Its Origin and Development, McGhee
George S. Kaufman and the Algonquin Round Table, Scott Meredith
Comedy Technique, Robert Orben
2000 New Laughs for Speakers : The Ad-Libber's Handbook, Robert Orben
Using Humor for Effective Business Speaking, Gene Perret
How to Hold Your Audience with Humor, Gene Perret
How to Hold Your Audience With Humor : A Guide to More Effective Speaking, Gene Perret
Toastmaster's quips & stories and how to use them, Herbert V. Prochnow
The Toastmaster's Treasure Chest, Herbert V. Prochnow
1,497 Jokes, Stories and Anecdotes, Herbert V. Prochnow
The Origins of Wit and Humor, Albert Rapp
Giant Book of Laughter, Leo Rosten
Witcracks, Alvin Schwartz
Humor Power, Dr. Herb True
An Outline of Humor, Carolyn Wells
How to Speak and Write with Humor, Percy H. Whiting
The Modern Handbook of Humor, Ralph L. Woods
1001 Quips & Quotes for Business Speeches, Richard S. Zera


(HT)How To, (TH)Therapuetic Humor, (HC)Humor Collections
Wake 'em Up Business Presentations, by Tom Antion......... (HT)Details.
How The Platform Professionals "Keep 'em Laughin'" by Doc Blakely......... (HT) Details.
How the Great Comedy Writers Create Laughter by Larry Wilde....... (HT) Details.
Doc Blakely's Push Button Wit by Doc Blakely......... (HC) Details.
Shoot Luke, The Air is Full of Pigeons by Doc Blakely ......... (HC) Details.
When You are Up to Your Eyeballs in Alligators, by Larry Wilde......... (TH) Details.
The Larry Wilde Treasury of Laughter by Larry Wilde......... (HC) Details.
The Larry Wilde Library of Laughter by Larry Wilde......... (HC) Details.
The Healing Power of Humor by Allen Klein......... (TH) Details.
The Courage to Laugh by Allen Klein......... (TH) Details.
Quotations to Cheer You Up by Allen Klein......... (HC) Details.
Up Words for Down Days by Allen Klein......... (HC) Details.
Gavin Jerome's Comedy College "How-To Handbook" by Gavin Jerome (HT) Details

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Seminars on Humor

(HT)How To, (TH)Therapuetic Humor
How to Use Humor in Presentations by Tom Antion......... (HT)Details.
Hilarity Therapy and Other Lifestyle Enhancement Programs by John Irvin......... (TH) Details.
When You're Up To Your Eyeballs in Alligators by Larry Wilde...... (TH)Details.
Humor: A Tool for Success in the Workplace by Larry Wilde (TH)Details.
Laughter: Rx For Healing, Health & Happiness by Larry Wilde (TH)Details.
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Related Humor Sites

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL Clubs are a great place to learn to use humor in public speaking!

Gavin Jerome's Comedy College Humor Matters
Humorx Laughter Online University
The Laughter Consultants The Humor Project
Humor in Public Speaking

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