I was invited onto Craig Wealand’s weekly Blab, and we talked about comedy [VIDEO]

Last week I joined Craig Wealand on his weekly Blab with some of his regular listeners. Every week Craig has a 1 hour Blab in which he invites podcast listeners, students and anyone else to chat with him about different subjects. It’s a very friendly atmosphere, anyone can get involved and it’s a good way for people to practice their English in a low-stress environment. This time the subject was comedy and Craig invited me into the conversation. If you like, you can check out the video of the conversation below. Cheers! Luke

  • Saaya

    Hello Luke, I’m Saaya from Japan. I’ve been listening to your podcasts for several years, but this is my first time I’ve left a comment on the website. Thanks for the fascinating video that you’ve shared with us here. It is always nice to see you on screen since somehow it is much easier to understand what you were saying than just listening without any visual aids. Perhaps that’s because body language has much to do with conveying messages to others:) (It would be great if I was able to comprehend native speakers conversations without any visual help, though).

    I did also agree with you that the definition of humour is complicated and it depends on the context and the senders’ intention, if I understand it correctly:). This ambiguity and complexity makes “humour” one of the factors that makes us human. Human Beings are basically covered with mysteries and we all tend to be ambiguous aren’t we?

    Incidentally, I’d say that the thing I like the most about British culture is the sense of humour that British people have and tend to think that that is something lacking in Japanese culture as people take almost everything too seriously.
    My goal is to appreciate British jokes instantly and laugh with native speakers at the same time. This is really difficult for me because my English level is not that high enough at the moment, but I’m currently enjoying the process of learning English. I genuinely hope to see your gig in the near future:)

    Thanks as always:)
    Saaya

    • Ashish Nagaonkar

      Hello Saaya,

      I read your comment and it was expressed in really appreciative manner .At this point your language is substantially enough to understand humour. I am not an expert of this language. Though understanding humour is sometimes manageable ; unless you get cultural references.

      Regards,
      Ashish.

      • Saaya

        Hello Ashish!
        Nice to meet you and thank you very much for your kind response.
        I believe understanding humour is not just about understanding the language, but also, as you said, about how you can be aware of the cultural references. Without this you are unlikely to understand them correctly. As for me, usually jokes just go right over my head or need some time to get them, even if they are in Japanese, since normally I don’t have any ideas about what they were referring to (There are some topics that I can comprehend easily, though:)). I guess this is the case for almost all people round the world. I mean I tend to think that there are numerous forms of humour even in the same language community, and that’s why even the people who have reached a C2 level in English still find it difficult to understand jokes.

  • I adore any comedian who is a funny soul and has an authentic humorous ethic . What I enjoy most is (s)he can just says exactly what is on his (her) mind without being a nervous wreck . Jokes should be refreshing and inspiring . Prepare well but you don’t need to be perfect . Making fun of your own mistakes demonstrates a sense of creativity with the power of bravery . Rock your audience with spontaneous connections !

  • I adore any comedian who is a funny soul and has an authentic humorous ethic . What I enjoy most is that (s)he can just says exactly what’s on his (her) mind and in his (her) heart without being a nervous wreck . Jokes should be refreshing and inspiring . Prepare well but you don’t need to be perfect . Rock your audience with spontaneous connections !