The Skill of Humor | Andrew Tarvin | TEDxTAMU

  • Опубликовано: 13 июн 2017
  • Humor is something that transcends most barriers. It is a common unification; a concept understood by all. Despite this, there exists a large portion of the population that does not think they can utilize humor. Andrew Tarvin will show you that everyone can use humor.
    Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. He has worked with thousands of people at 200+ organizations, including P&G, GE, and Microsoft. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as an international comedian, Andrew’s program are engaging, entertaining, and most important, effective. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and TEDx, and has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 3 continents. He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Lance Jackson
    Lance Jackson 2 часа назад

    sounds like a laughter track in the background

  • WelfareChrist
    WelfareChrist 4 часа назад

    It’d be cool if he went into the evolutionary biology of laughter, the situations that laughter was selected for to help us cope with. Like he said humor is a skill, but laughter is so obviously an evolved coping mechanism.

  • valenius the kat
    valenius the kat 13 часов назад +1

    The only NERD I am NOT is Starbucks

    Unless you're talking about the ORIGINAL VERSION of Battlestar Galactica, then, I'm all in 😍🤓😂👍

  • cinevile
    cinevile 16 часов назад

    he is not funny. comedy isnt just about telling funny stories or jokes. most of good jokes rely on the delivery and the persona of the comedian

  • Enduro JS Swe
    Enduro JS Swe День назад


  • Aneesh
    Aneesh День назад +1

    "You are way above average. Don't be mean " 👍👍

  • Vincee967
    Vincee967 День назад


  • Seun Olanrewaju
    Seun Olanrewaju День назад

    I do much enjoyed listening to this talk, I had to pause from work to drop a comment.

  • Duckface McSelfie
    Duckface McSelfie День назад +1

    I'm going off on a slight tangent here, but I wish all school teachers would watch 2:29- 2:50. Children/ students are far more likely to engage in the lesson if their teacher is funny. When you laugh, you also relax, and this is a state that is conducive to learning. Terrifying kids into submission is detrimental and destructive; a ham-fisted tactic that belongs in the dark ages, yet is still alarmingly common. The lack of awareness of basic psychology in schools ( and workplaces, general...) is shocking.

  • Bheki Lloyd Francis Hlongwane
    Bheki Lloyd Francis Hlongwane 2 дня назад

    This is more of a holistic life lesson not just a skill to learn humor.

  • Steve Filkins
    Steve Filkins 2 дня назад

    WTF ! Wow! that's Fun.....phunny

  • Holly Wintrip
    Holly Wintrip 2 дня назад

    O H

  • Inês Rebelo
    Inês Rebelo 2 дня назад

    I hide every single thing with "humor", still is the best copping mechanism

  • Mel C
    Mel C 2 дня назад +1

    OF COURSE he’s an aquarius, takes one to recognise one, i knew it as soon as he started talking about being more than our personality assessment, this whole ted talk has aquarius vibes ♒️♒️♒️

  • Alador Zewdie
    Alador Zewdie 2 дня назад

    hey girl i think me and you are parallel lines cause we have nothing in common.

  • // DUNES \\
    // DUNES \\ 2 дня назад


  • Matthew Readdick
    Matthew Readdick 2 дня назад +1

    I'd rather hear more humor than him bragging about his resume

  • Cynthia Dent
    Cynthia Dent 2 дня назад

    Loved it!!

  • Sivananda Rao
    Sivananda Rao 2 дня назад

    Ur da man... Thank u for sharing

  • Simone M Mueller
    Simone M Mueller 2 дня назад

    But hey, we Nerds are the funniest people around. It's just the problem that most of the others did not want to listen to us they wanna beat us.

  • Navin Thamindu
    Navin Thamindu 3 дня назад

    There's no place like that in Sri Lanka for sure. Thats not Sri Lanka..

  • Jonathan Driver
    Jonathan Driver 3 дня назад

    I can't believe they brainwashed that poor child into pushing propaganda on a public stage like that... This can only lead to this poor child committing suicide.

  • Jonathan Driver
    Jonathan Driver 3 дня назад

    I don't trust Joy. It's a trap. People should be working the earth, not wasting energy pretending terrible things that happen to eachother are funny. That is my attempt at a joke, obviously, I'm poking fun at the ignorance of the world domination spreading across the globe, all the while, using false humor to keep people distracted from it.

  • Martian101
    Martian101 4 дня назад


  • subash biker
    subash biker 4 дня назад


  • Aden Poelstra
    Aden Poelstra 5 дней назад

    Keep Yourself Safe

  • Think4g4in
    Think4g4in 5 дней назад

    Hey, this one is actually good.

  • Suitov
    Suitov 5 дней назад

    18:18 Comma, comma, comma, comma, comma comedian.

  • Sophia E
    Sophia E 5 дней назад

    What personality tests are are? Ik 2 (zodiac and the one underneath)

    • Mel C
      Mel C 2 дня назад

      Sophia E it’s literally the DISC and type A/B personality tests, just google it:)

  • Fiyin Adeyera
    Fiyin Adeyera 5 дней назад

    This is so funny, the only thing I remember is that I'm also INTJ-A!

  • Lightbulb13
    Lightbulb13 5 дней назад

    This person missed the major benefits of comedy..... and a tie.

  • IsNoob LoL
    IsNoob LoL 6 дней назад

    WTF.....Ha, Ha

  • azraaell
    azraaell 7 дней назад

    He went to Switzerland for some work.....

  • DanoninoGamer
    DanoninoGamer 7 дней назад

    I’m a funny guy, but this guy made me smile. I like the cat

  • Romario Osborne
    Romario Osborne 7 дней назад

    Beautiful! A lot of great insight. Your a nerd that football players invite to the squad table

  • Pink  Ribbon
    Pink Ribbon 7 дней назад

    the speech was so humorous, i wondered if the audience's laugh got cut off or something

  • Thathsara
    Thathsara 7 дней назад +2

    that guy looks like harry potter with glasses ;)

    • Aka Best One
      Aka Best One 5 дней назад

      I stabbed myself because of you
      I hope you're happy now

  • Jory Stultz
    Jory Stultz 8 дней назад

    This guy is like the white Aziz. Good stuff.

  • Being Boby
    Being Boby 8 дней назад +1

    RU-clip recommended me while eaycgungbstwnd yo comedy

  • Barbie Skates
    Barbie Skates 9 дней назад

    Andrew Tarvin .
    You do know you can make a small fortune creating learning educational hip hop and every kind of learning song for schools. Look into it.

  • Martin Coton
    Martin Coton 9 дней назад

    Funny but saddened that an elegant phrase like "esprit d'escalier" was so thoroughly murdered. Please tell me Americans don't really use the term "staircase wit", even "wit of the staircase" is better. You guys have got to stop utilitarianising language, bad enough that you can't say aluminium like the rest of the English speaking world.

  • A. K.
    A. K. 9 дней назад

    I always suspected AIDS in learning

    CALLAHAN WELSH 9 дней назад

    Hes right.....hes not that funny. A lot of his punchlines are not landing. Not sure why he was given the chance to do a TEDxTalks. He must have connections.

  • Amira Dayana
    Amira Dayana 9 дней назад

    i can't believe i can relate to him on making chemistry poetry. im not the only one :0 mine was on earth compounds- wOW im a nerd.

  • Nilotpal Dhakal
    Nilotpal Dhakal 9 дней назад

    How come he looks like Matthew Perry in those pictures?

  • Cheez-It Games
    Cheez-It Games 10 дней назад

    Wait.. Wtf doesn't mean 'Wow that's fun'? What does it mean then

  • Dana Liz
    Dana Liz 10 дней назад

    Syntactic ambiguity is the key to my humor. Classic example: time flies like an arrow. Why would you time flies? Arrows are obviously faster.

  • Khánh Linh Nguyễn Thị
    Khánh Linh Nguyễn Thị 10 дней назад

    Ha, Ha =))))

  • Corcuera
    Corcuera 11 дней назад +3

    Its funny how he’s talking about being funny, yet he’s not funny. I cringed every time he tried to be funny 😬

  • Swareena Jain
    Swareena Jain 11 дней назад

    13:09 best part of the TED talk, yaassss.

  • brijavpogi
    brijavpogi 11 дней назад

    Dear Andrew,

    I loved your TedTalk.

    Your viewer

  • Veronica P.
    Veronica P. 11 дней назад

    Is it me or does he sound like Barney?

  • Sarah Jeanne
    Sarah Jeanne 12 дней назад

    LIES - if he really was in IT he'd know that error messages are useless

  • Louisa Lynn
    Louisa Lynn 12 дней назад

    This had me rollin’ I love this guy!

  • VidiSensiVici
    VidiSensiVici 12 дней назад

    You guys, the key to humor is energy. People who have like kind energy like us would easily laugh with whatever we do or talk. The perfect example is that the speaker share like kind energy with his grandmother, so both of them could relate to each other, and so does the humor. So, just look around and see, some people who would naturally gravitate to us, it is easy talking to them. They tend to laugh easily even when we say the most comnon thing because they could relate to us. I could guarantee you one thing, that is, the so-called soulmate would laugh very easily with us, and it is fun to be around them.

  • MS
    MS 12 дней назад

    ive lost all my humor since ive been out of work, because sitting at home all day isn't funny. ba dum tissss, thats not even funny

  • Matt Cerone
    Matt Cerone 12 дней назад

    0:01 hahaha goddamn!!! This guys good.

  • Watermelon POPs
    Watermelon POPs 13 дней назад

    I love humoooooor

  • willbriss
    willbriss 14 дней назад

    At first I thought the vertical asymptote pickup line was really funny but then I realized how much of a nerd I am for understanding it lol

  • Dennis Dwyre
    Dennis Dwyre 14 дней назад

    This video is almost as useless as a screen door on a submarine. Har, har..

  • Umesh Moramudali
    Umesh Moramudali 14 дней назад

    There are no shepherds in Sri Lanka :P

  • Tigest Gemechu
    Tigest Gemechu 14 дней назад


  • Marley Webster
    Marley Webster 14 дней назад


    ZZOTOV 14 дней назад

    13:10 guys can you do me a favor and write this line under my comment please. Cannot get some words in that..😣

  • Ty I
    Ty I 14 дней назад

    I think he should've paused between 3 and 4 in his list. I try to be openminded but not even good humor can help me understand AIDS in the classroom.

  • Dylan Gathings
    Dylan Gathings 15 дней назад

    Stressed backwards is desserts

  • Ottó Komlós
    Ottó Komlós 15 дней назад

    This guy is annoying.

  • Zeline Zed
    Zeline Zed 15 дней назад

    That was fun and all, but gosh, what a good talk!

  • 허회진
    허회진 15 дней назад


  • Nocturnal RS
    Nocturnal RS 15 дней назад

    Bro that's very good for a 78 year old.

  • Laura S.
    Laura S. 16 дней назад

    Hey girl, wanna go with me to the multiplication dance? Be there or be squared.

  • Amy Rivera
    Amy Rivera 16 дней назад

    He's an INTJ and an Aquarius?? that's me!!!

  • Cosmic Remix
    Cosmic Remix 16 дней назад

    Wow! That's fun!

  • Al J Pelayo
    Al J Pelayo 16 дней назад

    WTF....Wow that’s fun

  • Mariana Vitória
    Mariana Vitória 16 дней назад

    nice to see you again

  • Danny Feldman
    Danny Feldman 16 дней назад


  • Maiy Shawkat
    Maiy Shawkat 16 дней назад

    Chandler is that you?

  • magnamia
    magnamia 16 дней назад

    This is just awesome! Thank you so much! P.S: You look way better than Justin Timberlake!

  • East Motivator Bilal
    East Motivator Bilal 17 дней назад

    loved it! WTF

  • Hari Hara Varman
    Hari Hara Varman 17 дней назад

    WTF . . Wow That was Fun . .

  • Nicolas Cacace
    Nicolas Cacace 17 дней назад

    Did you know that scientist think that the world will run out of helium in the next 40 years...?

  • Roy Mizrachi
    Roy Mizrachi 17 дней назад +34

    People don't understand my jokes they always take the opposite of what I meant. Speaking of opposite, if you say funny backwards it kinda sounds like enough, which is what people keep telling me after my jokes😢

    • Ika Mastayana Purba
      Ika Mastayana Purba 13 часов назад

      Hahahahah same with me. But I keep telling my jokes that way

    • Maryann Walker
      Maryann Walker 4 дня назад

      ba dum dum! 2 good ones!

    • Marwa Shawarma
      Marwa Shawarma 9 дней назад +2

      Roy Mizrachi same😭 but honestly I think that you are funny ynnuf

  • faile486
    faile486 17 дней назад

    My sister posted something on social media about being sloppy seconds. I called her and asked what she meant. She said that the cat prefers her roommate. She was a bit freaked out when I explained what it meant to most people...

  • causalfunnel sequence
    causalfunnel sequence 18 дней назад


  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Federal Bureau of Investigation 18 дней назад

    Damn boi that forehead could land a helicopter

  • castro cuba
    castro cuba 18 дней назад

    Lol that rap wasn't that bad different but not bad

  • cupiddstunt
    cupiddstunt 18 дней назад

    Shepherd herding goats???????????????? I suppose there is the chance he was being subtly humorous.

  • GodricThe
    GodricThe 19 дней назад

    Cringe level: over 9000

  • Danielle Howard
    Danielle Howard 19 дней назад


  • Itzdat Managgen
    Itzdat Managgen 19 дней назад

    Seriously though, what possible or positive contribution to humankind was in this 19' 16"? Surely he's just yacking on about his personal opinions. Opinions which are no more and no less valid than anyone else's. If he actually taught you anything you didn't already know, maybe you need to have an EKG to see what's going on?

  • Lilith S.
    Lilith S. 19 дней назад

    I rewatch this vdo more than 10 times. It always makes my day! Andrew, he is really awesome! 👍👍👍🌹

  • cow man
    cow man 20 дней назад

    Low key not funny

  • Sograteful 2012
    Sograteful 2012 20 дней назад

    If you don't think he is funny you are just too serious and stuck up. I appreciate that he doesn't think he has to use vulgar language to make people laugh. I thought he was quite funny.

  • Minotaurus007
    Minotaurus007 20 дней назад

    At the end the speaker was confused himself: ketosis by low protein diet??? :-) He probably meant low carb diet...

  • savior139
    savior139 20 дней назад

    lol so many smartasses commenting that this guy isn't funny. maybe to you, maybe you don't have his sense of humor but don't go around passing your opinions as the objective truth.

    SHIVA KUMAR V 20 дней назад

    love your sense of humor if you want other to love it. experience in life that changes you if recorded in diary and used with the right packing will make the difference.

  • Fawzy Salama
    Fawzy Salama 21 день назад


  • Simon Parnell
    Simon Parnell 21 день назад

    This reminds me of my first attempts to find a job. I took 3 cards to the job centre adviser to ask what information she had about them. The first "elevator engineer" - apparently I could go all the way to the top. The second - hoover salesman, that sucked. But the worst job, the one that really plumbed the depths....installing toilets on submarines.

  • rockin robin
    rockin robin 21 день назад

    I lost it at 5:18 !!! 5 minutes into this thin and high-voiced lad's presentation... and he hits the surprising revelation !!

  • Krish hades
    Krish hades 21 день назад

    this video is blessing for me :) thanks man