How To Be Sarcastic WITHOUT Being A Jerk

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Sarcasm is one of the toughest types of humor to pull off.

When executed improperly, it can leave people angry at you as often as it leaves them laughing.

So in this video, we are going to take a look at the king of sarcasm, Ryan Reynolds, a.k.a. Deadpool.

What the hell's your name? Ray Vance. Come here.

Alright, Stevie Wonder, what's your superpower?

Kid: Shoot lasers eyes out of my eyes. Deadpool: That's the stupidest *** superpower I've ever heard.

You're not on the team. I'm kidding, you're on the team. You're not on the team. Get back over there and sit down.

So how do you use sarcasm without leaving people angry or hurt?

Well, if you're going to do it it cannot be a one-off potshot; otherwise, it feels like a pointed attack.

So getting in the habit of joking all the time even in semi serious moments

helps signal to others that your statements are usually to be taken in jest.

Now, I talked about this at length in our video on Chris Pratt

so I won't go too far here — I'll leave a link in the description —

but here's a quick example of taking a serious question about who Deadpool is

and making it much more absurd.

...that, I think, they see that the world is ready for something different.

No matter what the rating is though, babies will love this.

Of course, there are times when you're going to give an honest answer so that people can

actually get helpful responses but there's still an opportunity to crack a joke afterwards.

Watch in this next clip how we get the real answer, then a joke,

and then a heightened version of the joke which is a classic comedic technique.