The Skill of Humor | Andrew Tarvin | TEDxTAMU

  • Published on Jun 13, 2017
  • Humor is something that transcends most barriers. It is a common unification; a concept understood by all. Despite this, there exists a large portion of the population that does not think they can utilize humor. Andrew Tarvin will show you that everyone can use humor.
    Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. He has worked with thousands of people at 200+ organizations, including P&G, GE, and Microsoft. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as an international comedian, Andrew’s program are engaging, entertaining, and most important, effective. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and TEDx, and has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 3 continents. He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 1 752

  • Lance Jackson
    Lance Jackson Day ago

    sounds like a laughter track in the background

  • WelfareChrist
    WelfareChrist Day ago

    It’d be cool if he went into the evolutionary biology of laughter, the situations that laughter was selected for to help us cope with. Like he said humor is a skill, but laughter is so obviously an evolved coping mechanism.

  • valenius the kat
    valenius the kat Day ago +1

    The only NERD I am NOT is Starbucks

    Unless you're talking about the ORIGINAL VERSION of Battlestar Galactica, then, I'm all in 😍🤓😂👍

  • cinevile
    cinevile Day ago

    he is not funny. comedy isnt just about telling funny stories or jokes. most of good jokes rely on the delivery and the persona of the comedian

  • Enduro JS Swe
    Enduro JS Swe 2 days ago


  • Aneesh
    Aneesh 2 days ago +1

    "You are way above average. Don't be mean " 👍👍

  • Vincee967
    Vincee967 2 days ago


  • Seun Olanrewaju
    Seun Olanrewaju 2 days ago

    I do much enjoyed listening to this talk, I had to pause from work to drop a comment.

  • Duckface McSelfie
    Duckface McSelfie 2 days ago +1

    I'm going off on a slight tangent here, but I wish all school teachers would watch 2:29- 2:50. Children/ students are far more likely to engage in the lesson if their teacher is funny. When you laugh, you also relax, and this is a state that is conducive to learning. Terrifying kids into submission is detrimental and destructive; a ham-fisted tactic that belongs in the dark ages, yet is still alarmingly common. The lack of awareness of basic psychology in schools ( and workplaces, general...) is shocking.

  • Bheki Lloyd Francis Hlongwane

    This is more of a holistic life lesson not just a skill to learn humor.

  • Steve Filkins
    Steve Filkins 3 days ago

    WTF ! Wow! that's Fun.....phunny

  • Holly Wintrip
    Holly Wintrip 3 days ago

    O H

  • Inês Rebelo
    Inês Rebelo 3 days ago

    I hide every single thing with "humor", still is the best copping mechanism

  • Mel C
    Mel C 3 days ago +1

    OF COURSE he’s an aquarius, takes one to recognise one, i knew it as soon as he started talking about being more than our personality assessment, this whole ted talk has aquarius vibes ♒️♒️♒️

  • Alador Zewdie
    Alador Zewdie 3 days ago

    hey girl i think me and you are parallel lines cause we have nothing in common.

  • // DUNES \\
    // DUNES \\ 3 days ago


  • Matthew Readdick
    Matthew Readdick 3 days ago +1

    I'd rather hear more humor than him bragging about his resume

  • Cynthia Dent
    Cynthia Dent 3 days ago

    Loved it!!

  • Sivananda Rao
    Sivananda Rao 3 days ago

    Ur da man... Thank u for sharing

  • Simone M Mueller
    Simone M Mueller 3 days ago

    But hey, we Nerds are the funniest people around. It's just the problem that most of the others did not want to listen to us they wanna beat us.

  • Navin Thamindu
    Navin Thamindu 3 days ago

    There's no place like that in Sri Lanka for sure. Thats not Sri Lanka..

  • Jonathan Driver
    Jonathan Driver 4 days ago

    I can't believe they brainwashed that poor child into pushing propaganda on a public stage like that... This can only lead to this poor child committing suicide.

  • Jonathan Driver
    Jonathan Driver 4 days ago

    I don't trust Joy. It's a trap. People should be working the earth, not wasting energy pretending terrible things that happen to eachother are funny. That is my attempt at a joke, obviously, I'm poking fun at the ignorance of the world domination spreading across the globe, all the while, using false humor to keep people distracted from it.

  • Martian101
    Martian101 5 days ago


  • subash biker
    subash biker 5 days ago


  • Aden Poelstra
    Aden Poelstra 6 days ago

    Keep Yourself Safe

  • Think4g4in
    Think4g4in 6 days ago

    Hey, this one is actually good.

  • Suitov
    Suitov 6 days ago

    18:18 Comma, comma, comma, comma, comma comedian.

  • Sophia E
    Sophia E 6 days ago

    What personality tests are are? Ik 2 (zodiac and the one underneath)

    • Mel C
      Mel C 3 days ago

      Sophia E it’s literally the DISC and type A/B personality tests, just google it:)

  • Fiyin Adeyera
    Fiyin Adeyera 6 days ago

    This is so funny, the only thing I remember is that I'm also INTJ-A!

  • Lightbulb13
    Lightbulb13 6 days ago

    This person missed the major benefits of comedy..... and a tie.

  • IsNoob LoL
    IsNoob LoL 7 days ago

    WTF.....Ha, Ha

  • azraaell
    azraaell 8 days ago

    He went to Switzerland for some work.....

  • DanoninoGamer
    DanoninoGamer 8 days ago

    I’m a funny guy, but this guy made me smile. I like the cat

  • Romario Osborne
    Romario Osborne 8 days ago

    Beautiful! A lot of great insight. Your a nerd that football players invite to the squad table

  • Pink  Ribbon
    Pink Ribbon 8 days ago

    the speech was so humorous, i wondered if the audience's laugh got cut off or something

  • Thathsara
    Thathsara 8 days ago +2

    that guy looks like harry potter with glasses ;)

    • Aka Best One
      Aka Best One 6 days ago

      I stabbed myself because of you
      I hope you're happy now

  • Jory Stultz
    Jory Stultz 9 days ago

    This guy is like the white Aziz. Good stuff.

  • Being Boby
    Being Boby 9 days ago +1

    TVclip recommended me while eaycgungbstwnd yo comedy

  • Barbie Skates
    Barbie Skates 9 days ago

    Andrew Tarvin .
    You do know you can make a small fortune creating learning educational hip hop and every kind of learning song for schools. Look into it.

  • Martin Coton
    Martin Coton 10 days ago

    Funny but saddened that an elegant phrase like "esprit d'escalier" was so thoroughly murdered. Please tell me Americans don't really use the term "staircase wit", even "wit of the staircase" is better. You guys have got to stop utilitarianising language, bad enough that you can't say aluminium like the rest of the English speaking world.

  • A. K.
    A. K. 10 days ago

    I always suspected AIDS in learning

    CALLAHAN WELSH 10 days ago

    Hes right.....hes not that funny. A lot of his punchlines are not landing. Not sure why he was given the chance to do a TEDxTalks. He must have connections.

  • Amira Dayana
    Amira Dayana 10 days ago

    i can't believe i can relate to him on making chemistry poetry. im not the only one :0 mine was on earth compounds- wOW im a nerd.

  • Nilotpal Dhakal
    Nilotpal Dhakal 10 days ago

    How come he looks like Matthew Perry in those pictures?

  • Cheez-It Games
    Cheez-It Games 10 days ago

    Wait.. Wtf doesn't mean 'Wow that's fun'? What does it mean then

  • Dana Liz
    Dana Liz 10 days ago

    Syntactic ambiguity is the key to my humor. Classic example: time flies like an arrow. Why would you time flies? Arrows are obviously faster.

  • Khánh Linh Nguyễn Thị

    Ha, Ha =))))

  • Corcuera
    Corcuera 12 days ago +3

    Its funny how he’s talking about being funny, yet he’s not funny. I cringed every time he tried to be funny 😬

  • Swareena Jain
    Swareena Jain 12 days ago

    13:09 best part of the TED talk, yaassss.

  • brijavpogi
    brijavpogi 12 days ago

    Dear Andrew,

    I loved your TedTalk.

    Your viewer

  • Veronica P.
    Veronica P. 12 days ago

    Is it me or does he sound like Barney?

  • Sarah Jeanne
    Sarah Jeanne 13 days ago

    LIES - if he really was in IT he'd know that error messages are useless

  • Louisa Lynn
    Louisa Lynn 13 days ago

    This had me rollin’ I love this guy!

  • VidiSensiVici
    VidiSensiVici 13 days ago

    You guys, the key to humor is energy. People who have like kind energy like us would easily laugh with whatever we do or talk. The perfect example is that the speaker share like kind energy with his grandmother, so both of them could relate to each other, and so does the humor. So, just look around and see, some people who would naturally gravitate to us, it is easy talking to them. They tend to laugh easily even when we say the most comnon thing because they could relate to us. I could guarantee you one thing, that is, the so-called soulmate would laugh very easily with us, and it is fun to be around them.

  • MS
    MS 13 days ago

    ive lost all my humor since ive been out of work, because sitting at home all day isn't funny. ba dum tissss, thats not even funny

  • Matt Cerone
    Matt Cerone 13 days ago

    0:01 hahaha goddamn!!! This guys good.

  • Watermelon POPs
    Watermelon POPs 14 days ago

    I love humoooooor

  • willbriss
    willbriss 15 days ago

    At first I thought the vertical asymptote pickup line was really funny but then I realized how much of a nerd I am for understanding it lol

  • Dennis Dwyre
    Dennis Dwyre 15 days ago

    This video is almost as useless as a screen door on a submarine. Har, har..

  • Umesh Moramudali
    Umesh Moramudali 15 days ago

    There are no shepherds in Sri Lanka :P

  • Tigest Gemechu
    Tigest Gemechu 15 days ago


  • Marley Webster
    Marley Webster 15 days ago


    ZZOTOV 15 days ago

    13:10 guys can you do me a favor and write this line under my comment please. Cannot get some words in that..😣

  • Ty I
    Ty I 15 days ago

    I think he should've paused between 3 and 4 in his list. I try to be openminded but not even good humor can help me understand AIDS in the classroom.

  • Dylan Gathings
    Dylan Gathings 16 days ago

    Stressed backwards is desserts

  • Ottó Komlós
    Ottó Komlós 16 days ago

    This guy is annoying.

  • Zeline Zed
    Zeline Zed 16 days ago

    That was fun and all, but gosh, what a good talk!

  • 허회진
    허회진 16 days ago


  • Nocturnal RS
    Nocturnal RS 16 days ago

    Bro that's very good for a 78 year old.

  • Laura S.
    Laura S. 16 days ago

    Hey girl, wanna go with me to the multiplication dance? Be there or be squared.

  • Amy Rivera
    Amy Rivera 17 days ago

    He's an INTJ and an Aquarius?? that's me!!!

  • Cosmic Remix
    Cosmic Remix 17 days ago

    Wow! That's fun!

  • Al J Pelayo
    Al J Pelayo 17 days ago

    WTF....Wow that’s fun

  • Mariana Vitória
    Mariana Vitória 17 days ago

    nice to see you again

  • Danny Feldman
    Danny Feldman 17 days ago


  • Maiy Shawkat
    Maiy Shawkat 17 days ago

    Chandler is that you?

  • magnamia
    magnamia 17 days ago

    This is just awesome! Thank you so much! P.S: You look way better than Justin Timberlake!

  • East Motivator Bilal
    East Motivator Bilal 17 days ago

    loved it! WTF

  • Hari Hara Varman
    Hari Hara Varman 18 days ago

    WTF . . Wow That was Fun . .

  • Nicolas Cacace
    Nicolas Cacace 18 days ago

    Did you know that scientist think that the world will run out of helium in the next 40 years...?

  • Roy Mizrachi
    Roy Mizrachi 18 days ago +34

    People don't understand my jokes they always take the opposite of what I meant. Speaking of opposite, if you say funny backwards it kinda sounds like enough, which is what people keep telling me after my jokes😢

    • Ika Mastayana Purba
      Ika Mastayana Purba Day ago

      Hahahahah same with me. But I keep telling my jokes that way

    • Maryann Walker
      Maryann Walker 5 days ago

      ba dum dum! 2 good ones!

    • Marwa Shawarma
      Marwa Shawarma 10 days ago +2

      Roy Mizrachi same😭 but honestly I think that you are funny ynnuf

  • faile486
    faile486 18 days ago

    My sister posted something on social media about being sloppy seconds. I called her and asked what she meant. She said that the cat prefers her roommate. She was a bit freaked out when I explained what it meant to most people...

  • causalfunnel sequence
    causalfunnel sequence 19 days ago


  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Damn boi that forehead could land a helicopter

  • castro cuba
    castro cuba 19 days ago

    Lol that rap wasn't that bad different but not bad

  • cupiddstunt
    cupiddstunt 19 days ago

    Shepherd herding goats???????????????? I suppose there is the chance he was being subtly humorous.

  • GodricThe
    GodricThe 20 days ago

    Cringe level: over 9000

  • Danielle Howard
    Danielle Howard 20 days ago


  • Itzdat Managgen
    Itzdat Managgen 20 days ago

    Seriously though, what possible or positive contribution to humankind was in this 19' 16"? Surely he's just yacking on about his personal opinions. Opinions which are no more and no less valid than anyone else's. If he actually taught you anything you didn't already know, maybe you need to have an EKG to see what's going on?

  • Lilith S.
    Lilith S. 20 days ago

    I rewatch this vdo more than 10 times. It always makes my day! Andrew, he is really awesome! 👍👍👍🌹

  • cow man
    cow man 21 day ago

    Low key not funny

  • Sograteful 2012
    Sograteful 2012 21 day ago

    If you don't think he is funny you are just too serious and stuck up. I appreciate that he doesn't think he has to use vulgar language to make people laugh. I thought he was quite funny.

  • Minotaurus007
    Minotaurus007 21 day ago

    At the end the speaker was confused himself: ketosis by low protein diet??? :-) He probably meant low carb diet...

  • savior139
    savior139 21 day ago

    lol so many smartasses commenting that this guy isn't funny. maybe to you, maybe you don't have his sense of humor but don't go around passing your opinions as the objective truth.

    SHIVA KUMAR V 21 day ago

    love your sense of humor if you want other to love it. experience in life that changes you if recorded in diary and used with the right packing will make the difference.

  • Fawzy Salama
    Fawzy Salama 22 days ago


  • Simon Parnell
    Simon Parnell 22 days ago

    This reminds me of my first attempts to find a job. I took 3 cards to the job centre adviser to ask what information she had about them. The first "elevator engineer" - apparently I could go all the way to the top. The second - hoover salesman, that sucked. But the worst job, the one that really plumbed the depths....installing toilets on submarines.

  • rockin robin
    rockin robin 22 days ago

    I lost it at 5:18 !!! 5 minutes into this thin and high-voiced lad's presentation... and he hits the surprising revelation !!

  • Krish hades
    Krish hades 22 days ago

    this video is blessing for me :) thanks man