Humor Skills & Development

Unless there are comic poltergeists at work, there is no apparent reason why a Jay Leno or other comics should have more amusing experiences than a Al Gore.  The comedian’s experiences are probably no more amusing than others; he or she simply has a sensitivity to the environment and circumstances and so perceives humor that a more serious person might miss. Steve Allen

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Lights...Camera...HUMOR by Darren LaCroix
Laughter and Mental Flexibility by Steve Bhaerman 

General Book List - Humor Skills Development

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The Amazon links provide photos of the book, but the full title, author and copyright date are not easily visible. Therefore, below the Amazon links, we have repeated the list of books in alphabetical order according to the author's last name (which is also how they are listed in the Amazon links, although it may not be obvious).




Here is an easier-to-read alphabetical list by author's last name of the books above:

An asterisk (*) indicates an AATH author.

  • Anderson, Max. The Sense of Humor - Let Humor Fast Track You To A Healthier, Happier Living. (2016)
  • Bany-Winters, Lisa. Funny Bones (2002)
  • Bates, Roger. How to be Funnier, Happier, Healthier and More Successful Too! (1995)
  • Brown, Stuart. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul  (2009)
  • Carter, Judy. Stand Up Comedy (1989) and The Comedy Bible (2001)
  • Clinton, Max. How to be Witty (For Someone Who is Not): The definitive manual to being funny, clever, witty, and owning it in social environments (2015)
  • Friedman, Scott. Punchlines, Pitfalls and Powerful Programs (2001)
  • Hall, Doug. Jump Start Your Brain (1995)
  • Helitzer, Melvin. Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Book on How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, And Get Paid For It (2005)
  • Hernsath, Dave & Yerkes, Leslie. 301 Ways to Have More Fun at Work (2001)
  • Jasheway, Leigh Anne.  Yoga for Your Funny Bone: Exercises to Strengthen Your Comedy Writing (2006) and 101 Comedy Games for Children and Grown-Ups (2014)
  • Kaplan, Steve. The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny (2013)
  • Kataria, Madan. Laugh for No Reason  (2002)
  • Krane, Gary. Simple fun for busy people (1998)
  • McGhee, Paul. Humor As Survival Training for a Stressed-Out World: The 7 Humor Habits Program (2010)
  • Michalko, Michael. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2006)
  • Morrison, Mary Kay. Using Humor to Maximize Living: Connecting with Humor (2012)
  • Perret, Gene. Comedy Writing Self-Taught: The Professional Skill-Building Course in Writing Stand-Up, Sketch, and Situation Comedy  (2015)
  • Pike. Bob. 50 Creative Training Openers and Energizers (2000)
  • Robinson, Grady Jim. Did I Ever Tell You About the Time: How to Develop and Deliver a Speech Using Stories that Get Your Message Across (2000)
  • Sacks, Mike. Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers (2014) and And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers--The New Unexpurgated Version (2015)
  • Spier, Lynn and Chindamo, Frank – YouTube Success In 5 Steps: Five Steps. No Limits - Kindle Edition

  • Tamblyn, Doni. Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training (2006).
  • Tamblyn, Doni & Weiss, Sharon. The Big Book of Humorous Training Games (2000)
  • von Oech, Roger,   A Whack on the Side of the Head (2008)
  • von Oech, Roger,  A Kick in the Seat of the Pants (1986)
  • Weinstein, Matt & Goodman, Joel. Playfair (1983)

Other Organizations and Resources Related to Developing Humor Skills

American Happiness Association

World Laughter Tour

The Laughter Yoga Institute

The Humor Collection

Art Gliner Center for Humor Studies