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.
"Is Ryan Reynolds missing a tooth?" What do you...
No, these are all my teeth. What the hell's going on here?
Ryan Reynolds is missing a lot of things but— [Laughs]
Let's get this calf and put this out too while we're at it.
Deadpool's sense of humor is really just an extreme version of Ryan's.
So here is that principle taken to the extreme.
Now, for context in the next scene, Wade Wilson can't sleep because he's worried about his terminal cancer and this is what he says.
Wade's Girlfriend: Hey, what's going on?
Liam Neeson nightmare. I dreamt I kidnapped his daughter which just wasn't happening.
This irreverence and refusal to be serious for too long is common to most comedians
and you're gonna see it in almost all of our other breakdowns on funny personalities.
But one bit that is a signature of Ryan Reynolds's style is its specificity.
Watch these next clips for examples.
Fallon: What did you play when your wife is in labor?
I jammed a little Marvin Gaye's Let's Get it on. [Audience Laughs]
Fallon: How did that go?
It was like steak knives came out of her eyes.
...but they both sobbed hysterically when I'm in this car maker.
So it's very traumatizing to them so I they'll be re-enacting
most of those episodes with crude sock puppets and a therapist.
Guy: Okay, perfect. Ryan: Yeah.
Yeah but the thing is this is back when, like,
the internet was made of a fax machine of wood— [Audience Laughs]
All of those jokes could have been told easily in a less funny way if they were just less specific.
For instance, he could have just said staring daggers at me instead of, "Steak knives came out of her eyes."
But the generic version misses the humor that comes from hyper-specificity.
Crazy as it sounds, just getting specific will turn your lame jokes
into laser-guided homing pigeons of hilarity. See what I did there?
Now, and since Deadpool is just an exaggeration of Ryan's day-to-day sense of humor,
we see the same ultra specific principle used to create comedy in the movie.
Let's not forget naked tandem base-jumping with the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.
Now in a real world without a script, this level of specificity can't possibly be planned.
So you have to get used to just throwing random sequences of words together
and seeing what comes out and you will not always have the right combination
So you're gonna blurt out all kinds of random things
and for an example of that, just watch how Ryan riffed when he was shooting Deadpool.
You're gonna leave me all alone here with christianmingle.com?
Leave me all alone here with Kevin Sorbo?
You're gonna leave me here all alone with Nikki Sixx?
Leave me all alone here with Busta Rhymes?
Leave me all alone here with Henry Winkler?
You're gonna leave me all alone here with, "Hey, you guys."
You're gonna leave me all alone here with Criss Angel Mindfreak?
And when you throw this much volume of humor out, sometimes you hit the nail on the head.
You're gonna leave me alone here with less angry Rosie O'Donnell?
Ryan: Sorry, Gina. Gina: Mot****.
Not everything Ryan said there was hilarious and that last one was even a little bit
upsetting for Gina Carano but that is the price that you pay for letting your brain just
free-associate and blurt things out and it's really the only way to tap into the style of humor in your own life.
You have to get used to lowering the filter on what you say
and letting duds come out sometimes in order to build a stronger sense of intuition of what is going to be funny.
Now, that said, the filter isn't dropped completely
because there are a few guidelines that Ryan almost always follows in order to make sure
that his sarcasm doesn't wind up just hurting people's feelings like this other type of sarcasm might.
I am a fan.
I just can't wrap my head around you even while watching The Proposal.
I just be watching and just being like, "F** this guy." [Audience Laughs]
You know I thought that when I saw Green Lantern. [Audience Laughs]
So what are the actual filters that Ryan uses when he's using sarcastic humor?
Well, first, he almost always makes himself the butt of those sarcastic comments. Just take a look.
Question — why such a cu**?
I'm kidding. That's totally... that's the second question. Let's skip that.
Let's get to the heart of the matter now. Why can't you be like other actors? Good ones.
Speed round. Which stage were you always good with the ladies? Do you always have game? What would you like as a kid?
I wha... No! Not really. I mean, until I was like 18, I looked like a Vietnamese girl.
Second, even when Ryan's jokes appear to criticize other people, the subtext
of the joke is often that he's the stodgy old man who's angry for a bad reason.
So really, he's teasing himself like in these clips.
...eat your brain alive for a month, like, these little highschool pricks.
You could shove your Nae Nae song up your asses.
Hey, wait, calm down, now.
Does anyone else knew assisting jiggling like this? This is ridi—
No, no, no. Don't touch it. Don't you touch it!
Third, when Ryan does make someone else the butt of a joke,
he usually teases their strengths or something that would be totally
absurd so that there's no reason for them to get upset about it.
There's a certain height at which you can't really be a movie star, right?
Uh, I don't know. I know some that are huge movie stars that are under 4 feet.
Actually, under 4 feet.
Oh, yeah, yeah. George Clooney? Under, uh, 4...
I have one friend that always like, "My daughter is quoting Chekov
and she's two," and I was like, "Your daughter is an asshole."
Follow these very simple filters, you can use all of the sarcasm that your little heart desires
without worrying about leaving people upset.
Now, you might be thinking though, "Wait a second, Deadpool doesn't do any of this.
In fact, many of the jokes the Deadpool makes are very much at the expense of other people."
Here? Now? Just kidding. I know it's been decades.
You'd be surprised.
Pretty grossed out.
How can I help you? Besides luring children into a panel van.
And this is where Ryan and Deadpool differ
because even though they have very similar styles of humor,
the difference is that Deadpool does not use those four filters that we just touched on.
He will tease anyone even if it might come across as mean
and he will go right at their potential insecurities.
Now, this works because we're the audience and we're in a movie theater
but if those types of jokes were cracked in real life they might make us laugh
but we'd also think, "Man, that guy's kind of a jerk."
So it's a combination of letting the filter on what you say relax
while keeping those few guidelines that we mentioned — that's how you can use sarcasm to its most excellent effect.
In fact, it's these simple guidelines like this that allow you to be spontaneous
in the moment while still ensuring that you're charismatic and not offensive.
And if you do want more, we also have a simple four piece framework
for making an amazing first impression on anyone every time.
So if that interests you, go ahead click the link in the description
and you can get a video that's going to show you those four steps
and start using them today; just drop your name on the email on the page afterwards.
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