Has it ever happened that you came up with an answer in an argument or a taunt to a joke of friends after a couple of hours? Oh, what a shame, right? And I would like to shine! Or is sarcasm some totally unique skill that is learned somewhere in Shaolin? In fact, learning to sarcasm, and just pumping your skills in wit, is not so difficult. Here reaction speed and excellent vocabulary are important.
And no, we are not suggesting that you memorize all 30 volumes of the Great Encyclopedia. There is an easier and faster way – take an example from the best. Today we offer you to learn from the magnificent and inimitable Tony Stark!
He is remembered as a charismatic, distinctive and damn lovable character! One of his main differences is his sense of humor with a pinch of sarcasm. Here we will learn a couple of secrets from him.
Choose hot topics for jokes
Humor is a massive thing. You must be understood by the majority in the room, and not just yourself, for the joke to succeed. And even more so sarcasm.
Its main feature is relevance. Have you noticed how Stark throws in references from modern culture? This is no coincidence. When, in a joke or even ordinary conversation, you use analogies from films, books or events that are well known to everyone around you, it is easier to understand you.
And at the same time, check out your perfect sense of humor.
How to upgrade this skill? Read books, watch movies, track events in the world. Even if you do not like Game of Thrones, in order to be “in the subject”, you need to at least roughly understand what it is about.
There is another option – to remain a “misunderstood genius” who can at least speak the language of witticisms, no one will understand him anyway. But then what’s the point? Even Stark doesn’t hesitate to use simple concepts when joking.
Good sarcasm is timely sarcasm
Go ahead. Sarcasm is situational humor. Practice noticing and reacting to the right moments. Caustic, capacious and clear.
Sarcasm is a mockery of a situation, phrase, or event. The whole world as a whole and its specific representatives, so to speak.
It takes a lot of practice to joke on time. Alas, no other methods have been invented. Reaction speed, like running speed, can only be trained.
Not confident in your abilities yet? Then watch some cool movie a couple more times (for example, the first Iron Man) and try to answer the same Tony. Desirable – funny.
Don’t forget to use facial expressions
The next item is facial expressions. You can ruin a great moment with a cool sarcastic commentary with a ridiculous grimace. For now, just look at Tony, remember, and practice in front of the mirror. Anyway, poker fase or this raised eyebrow will come in handy in almost any life situation.
Tony Stark doesn’t repeat itself. You will never hear the same jokes from him. On one topic – yes, but these are always different formulations and different acuteness. The repetition of the joke is like the coffee that you heat in the microwave – the chemical composition is the same, but it tastes like slop.
Be careful with dangerous topics
And Tony Stark doesn’t go overboard. There is irony, there is sarcasm, and there is insult and humiliation. So he never comes down to them. Walking on the edge – yes. Is he crossing it? Never.
This, of course, is the skill of a pumped master of sarcasm. If you are just beginning to learn this science, young Padawan, then it is better to refrain from controversial jokes.
Hazardous topics include:
- family and friends of a person
- experienced uncomfortable or even tragic events
You can also make fun of them and even make sarcastic remarks, but only if you literally “feel” the moment.
Remember who is around when you are joking!
big role is played by who exactly the conversation is going on. Pay attention, Tony’s jokes in the circle of those closest to him (Pepper, Happy, Rhodey … yes even Jarvis and Friday!) Jokes thinner, more accurate, although he allows himself almost everything.
With the Avengers, his sarcasm is less sophisticated, but more effective. Stark “hits” for sure – to just get through.
But with journalists and other outsiders, he hardly tries. He just lets go of phrases. You and I see that this is funny, but his listeners are not. Tony just doesn’t want to waste his energy and skills. And he is not too afraid of losing authority in their eyes or ruining his image.
Be sure: both in yourself and in your humor
And finally, Tony Stark is confident in himself. The simplest and most difficult thing for a cool sarcasm. Frankly speaking, not only for sarcasm, but now just about it.
Do you want your jokes to have the desired effect? Then you should be as confident as possible in what and how you say. Just look at how Tony answers Cap
Of course, to comprehend this level of Zen, you need to be at least a billionaire. But a lower level is also fine. You must clearly understand who you are and where you are striving, be confident in your goals and words.
Or appear convincingly so. Further films showed that Tony was not so self-confident in himself and this never stopped him from creating an image that simply exuded strength and confidence. What’s stopping you?