Sigmund Freud wrote:
“The most favorable condition for comic pleasure is a
generally happy disposition in which one is in the mood
for laughter. In happy toxic states almost everything
seems comic. We laugh at the expectation of laughing,
at the appearance of one who is presenting the comic
material (sometimes even before he [she] attempts to
make us laugh), and finally, we laugh at the
recollection of having laughed.”

This concept has been termed “in fun” by people that study humor.
If you want your audience to laugh, they must be in fun. You, the
speaker, must be in fun. The emcee or program coordinator must be
in fun. The whole program should be designed in fun.

Don’t do anything to take them out of in fun. Don’t discuss
controversial subjects like religion or politics and don’t make
unfriendly comments to audience members. If a problem occurs
which must be dealt with, find an in fun way of doing so. For
instance, if I’m at a presentation and someone asks me who I
voted for I say, “I voted for the USA.” That’s a cute way to say
that I really don’t want to talk about it.

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