The Skill of Humor | Andrew Tarvin | TEDxTAMU

  • Published on Jun 13, 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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  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 2 hours ago

    14:30 Why do they tape four quarters to the tip of armor piercing shells?
    Because four quarters make a hole.
    Do I have what it takes to be funny?

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 3 hours ago

    1:30 Another name for "Lion Whisperer" = "Cat Food"
    I sent that to him and he replied "LOL"

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 3 hours ago

    1:30 I heard one that was,
    "Aunt Polly has passed away. LOL"
    "Mom, do you know what LOL means?"
    "Lots of Love?"
    "No, it means, Laugh out Loud."
    "Oh my God, I sent that to everyone!"

  • Wendy Drummond
    Wendy Drummond 14 hours ago


  • FrizzBear
    FrizzBear 15 hours ago

    Not going to lie, I clicked on the video because I thought that was Matt Smith

  • Victor Cuellar
    Victor Cuellar Day ago

    That was so cringe but I dig. Awesome talk.

  • Nurul Amni
    Nurul Amni Day ago

    now i know why i need to put a little bit humor in marketing

  • Wilson_ Blindado
    Wilson_ Blindado 2 days ago

    my dream in TedX my project -> um Dia irei realizar esse sonho de me apresentar meus projetos para um mundo melhor! -> Que Deus me de inteligência para um dia eu apresentar.

  • AB CD
    AB CD 2 days ago

    Good thing this guy has a grandmother or he'd have nothing to say.

  • Amol Gholap
    Amol Gholap 3 days ago

    Hindi my I

  • Anushri
    Anushri 3 days ago

    Hey Chandler ❣️❣️

  • Luzelle Dela Cruz
    Luzelle Dela Cruz 4 days ago +1

    His grandma was funnier jk

  • TheBartomon
    TheBartomon 6 days ago

    I love that autism based humor is catching on

  • TheBartomon
    TheBartomon 6 days ago

    you like a coked out / malnourished quentin tarantino

  • Sandy H
    Sandy H 6 days ago +2

    Hey girl,
    Is your dad a terrorist? Cause you're the bomb.

  • Mish'Chief
    Mish'Chief 6 days ago

    what an entertaining, funny, educational and motivational talk - thank you :)

  • KAREN Bouachour
    KAREN Bouachour 7 days ago

    Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Andrew is brilliant and funny. not a nerd to me at all.

  • Kolin Rottweiler
    Kolin Rottweiler 7 days ago +2

    Lost me at "Aids in learning" I do NOT want Aid's therefore, I am out... Thank you.

  • Tere Chen
    Tere Chen 7 days ago

    love the chemical rap... XD

  • Martin Jansen
    Martin Jansen 8 days ago

    Skill of humor is the truth and a coping mechanism to survive.

  • Political Junkie
    Political Junkie 8 days ago

    We would do well to personalize our messages like your grandmother does and like we do with traditional letters. It helps us remember that we are communicating with people.

  • Tanishq Mathur
    Tanishq Mathur 8 days ago +4

    producers: how much nerd do you want?
    justin timberlake eyes: yes
    producers: wtf?

  • dgcoperates
    dgcoperates 8 days ago

    cool speech bro

  • Bob Morane
    Bob Morane 9 days ago +1

    11:58 shout out to the one guy who clapped

  • jack bravura
    jack bravura 9 days ago

    Wow handsome!!!!

  • Contessa Christabella

    Tell it to General Motors, their management is comprised of social misfit's with major mental flaws of the personal kind. Employees don't get paid enough for all the ongoing daily abuse they suffer from these seriously disturbed individuals who enjoy inflicting harm to others. Despite all the karma that has impacted them individually, they still haven't learned & never will, even now. They hate happy fun loving movtivated outgoing creative individuals in their workplace. They're job is to force you to quit, or fire you by any means necessary, because happiness is frowned upon & your dead to them.

  • Attor Safar
    Attor Safar 9 days ago

    This is a good one

  • Sherlock Holmes
    Sherlock Holmes 11 days ago +1

    I understood all the jokes, but I only *kinda* smiled like three times. The audience honestly just laughs at anything.
    Guy: *sneezes*
    Audience: *oMg LoL*

  • moha d
    moha d 11 days ago

    Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys! or someone else

  • JPlayMaker
    JPlayMaker 11 days ago

    Well played.

  • Brad Johnson
    Brad Johnson 11 days ago

    A lot of comedy is in the ...timing. This guy is good and informative.

  • Antonio Perez
    Antonio Perez 11 days ago +2

    Sir, Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor, how dare you?

  • Yasmine Elwakil
    Yasmine Elwakil 12 days ago


  • Honjem Konyak
    Honjem Konyak 12 days ago

    Hi Phillip Coutinho

  • LeMagic James
    LeMagic James 12 days ago

    I really don’t think he’s funny

  • Hill Smaking
    Hill Smaking 12 days ago

    Dunno why everyone is gassing this he's really not that funny

  • Adomnicai Vlad
    Adomnicai Vlad 12 days ago +1

    I love you all 💓
    And I'm not joking

  • Gnome
    Gnome 13 days ago

    oh my god

    its Eminem

  • gixxer6000
    gixxer6000 13 days ago

    Im not going to work 90000 hours in my live time. Live is to short.

  • Jerry Nielsen
    Jerry Nielsen 14 days ago

    I think that he'd been funnier if, he didn't dress so, serious.

  • Karen Carney
    Karen Carney 14 days ago +1

    *NAPS spelled backwards, is SNAP*

    How many of u, actually spelled naps backwards,& said 'um, NO , it doesn't.' Just seeing how many ppl are paying attention (this wasn't meant 2 be funny it was a test). Outta curiousity, who did this?

    • The Eagle Spies
      The Eagle Spies 12 days ago

      To be honest, I was too lazy to check 😆 lol...but hey, at least I pressed “read more.” You gotta give me that :)

  • Simi Sharma
    Simi Sharma 15 days ago


  • Dany Hermawan
    Dany Hermawan 15 days ago

    Actually u have to be natural, I am humourous because I feel too stressed when im in a rigid situation, well, if you feel stressed when you have to be humourous, then whats the meaning of it? Just find a way to relieve ur stress, everyone's morphine is different

  • JAY A
    JAY A 15 days ago

    You sound like my grandma

  • eXonly 1090
    eXonly 1090 15 days ago +3

    "Why are you a nerd?? "
    "Yyyess.... "

  • milkyflava
    milkyflava 16 days ago

    chou vape ehheeheh

  • Mohamed Imran
    Mohamed Imran 16 days ago

    This guy should be a DR.PROFESSOR..He taught the power Perspective.

  • Caitlan Quinney
    Caitlan Quinney 16 days ago

    Fantastic talk

  • Carry On
    Carry On 17 days ago

    He talk like spongebob 😂❤️

  • Overdraft Pictures LLC

    When do I get to give a Ted Talk? This guy isn’t funny and I’ve never heard of him. Can’t wait for my turn.

  • KaluMalli
    KaluMalli 18 days ago

    That's not Sri Lanka btw.

  • ASquared
    ASquared 18 days ago +3

    Humor is one of those things about me that I simultaneously have really high and low confidence in. Another example of one of these things is *literally every thing about me*

  • Tropic The Wolf
    Tropic The Wolf 18 days ago

    Ha, ha

  • Jack Durner
    Jack Durner 19 days ago

    Genuinely no disrespect to this guy, but he proves humor is at least somewhat genetic. At least a learner behavior

  • There Is No Sandwich
    There Is No Sandwich 19 days ago

    Those math pick up lines are genius!

  • There Is No Sandwich
    There Is No Sandwich 19 days ago

    Naps are the human version of turn it off turn it on. This is so true lol

  • There Is No Sandwich
    There Is No Sandwich 19 days ago

    Naps are the human version of turn it off turn it on. This is so true lol

  • Jonathan Heckerman
    Jonathan Heckerman 19 days ago

    he's not funny though

  • Mud Fox
    Mud Fox 19 days ago

    Hydrogen + hydrogen + oxygen two
    Bonded together with covalent glue
    What you a thing called water
    Steaming up its only getting hotter
    Hey girl, are opposite of hypotenuse cause your making me want to sin 0
    Not bad not bad

  • Apollo-N
    Apollo-N 19 days ago

    Reflection on the past, leads to action in the future.

  • Luxa Nymphaey
    Luxa Nymphaey 19 days ago +2

    I feel like he just uses some overused puns and jokes. This was nothing new, nothing creative. Everything seems very staged and forced.

  • deborah bwye
    deborah bwye 19 days ago

    Really enjoyed this

  • Clown
    Clown 19 days ago +1

    After watching this video.....
    WTF (wow that's fun). No seriously the talk was fun or maybe I am trolling him too.

  • Kemal Kahraman
    Kemal Kahraman 20 days ago

    çok güzel konuşma kral adamsın andrew abi seviliyosun :)

  • Christopher GV
    Christopher GV 20 days ago

    You know whats funny? Close your eyes and picture Spongebob as he talks!

  • Ryan M
    Ryan M 21 day ago

    How many other type A, INTJ Aquarians do we have in here?

  • TheBuy More
    TheBuy More 22 days ago

    His math pick up lines were funny

  • Sally Brown
    Sally Brown 23 days ago +8

    “failure to make connection to server” 😂😂

  • marrydruli
    marrydruli 24 days ago +3

    I thought he was gonna talk about joke construction. I haven't really learned anything from this video. 🤷‍♀️

  • smuel98
    smuel98 24 days ago +2

    He knows how to wear a suit

  • Vivek. Ra
    Vivek. Ra 24 days ago +12

    Hey girl,
    Are we a semicircle?
    Cause you make me complete

  • The Fangirl
    The Fangirl 24 days ago +1

    Just I love it like anything!

  • Nutella
    Nutella 25 days ago

    Aziz is that you?

  • Peter Dickinson
    Peter Dickinson 25 days ago

    Humour without tumour, the Lord sits in heaven and laughs, but He also said Father forgive them they don't know what they are doing! Authentic compelling useful and my life affirming.

  • 헐 *•*
    헐 *•* 26 days ago

    He is so cool......

  • Glo Sille
    Glo Sille 26 days ago

    He's funny. He's also intelligent. Therefore, if you're funny, you must be so intelligent like Andrew Tarvin.

  • Musonda Mung'omba
    Musonda Mung'omba 26 days ago +1

    Ha, Ha

  • Sepehr Sohrabi
    Sepehr Sohrabi 26 days ago +6

    how much of a computer nerd are you?
    me : 1

    • ObliviousHD
      ObliviousHD 24 days ago +2


  • HiImBoredAF
    HiImBoredAF 27 days ago

    Alright NEEEERD

  • Robert Jones
    Robert Jones 27 days ago

    WOW...that WAS fun. Like corn in the colon, wee, let's do it again.

  • Roy M
    Roy M 27 days ago

    Good TED talk :) A few hit and misses humour wise... I found it funny the biggest laughs were for the math pickup lines. Know your audience I guess ;)

    Would have liked to see more on the skill of humour as in developing it. The 'yes, and...' mindset is good. Would like more in-depth on that and shorten the intro of why humour is important.

  • Thanh Tran
    Thanh Tran 28 days ago

    Is there anyone here live in VietNam Please translate this video to Vietnamese. Thanks

  • Oliver Green
    Oliver Green 28 days ago

    "Humor Engineer"

  • Glorious Content
    Glorious Content 29 days ago

    1 letter off from Tarkin.

  • ya mada
    ya mada Month ago

    Dude killed it

  • Cole Smith
    Cole Smith Month ago

    When my friend gives me one of those “you that guy who did that thing” kind of descriptions:
    ** Null pointer error **

  • Tokoloho Reginald
    Tokoloho Reginald Month ago


  • J Franz
    J Franz Month ago

    his jokes were painful

  • Dr. Ziegler
    Dr. Ziegler Month ago

    Real humor is not a skill! It is much more linked to intelligence, which definitely not a skill:)

  • Kasia Segieda
    Kasia Segieda Month ago

    “Ambitious, stubborn Aquarius who enjoys long walks on the beach.” Omg, literally me as an INTJ and Aquarius 😂

  • HB Stone
    HB Stone Month ago +4

    Kept waiting for him to pull off his mask and reveal he was Aziz Ansari all along.

  • Tyy.Dakiidd
    Tyy.Dakiidd Month ago

    He looks like Joseph Gordon Levitate

  • Mark Sabaduquia
    Mark Sabaduquia Month ago

    if they dont laugh go to your room and cry

  • Ella Saluria
    Ella Saluria Month ago

  • Mr Me
    Mr Me Month ago

    Why is someone unfunny teaching us about humour

  • Hailey Jensen
    Hailey Jensen Month ago

    I like math smarts

  • Marmalade Stex1591
    Marmalade Stex1591 Month ago +1

    I use Humour to Socialise!,When I meet someone new & we are getting on Well I Tell them a Joke!,If I do not Like someone I Tell them 2 of My Jokes!.

  • anathamon
    anathamon Month ago

    WTF that's fun

  • mery tatarashvili
    mery tatarashvili Month ago

    Grand ma,
    I think I love this woman.
    Thanks for sharing this man

  • Annabell OConnor
    Annabell OConnor Month ago

    Does anyone else find him very unfunny. All of his jokes completely contradict the points that he makes. He says that you should make jokes about your life, but then he makes jokes about star bucks.