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

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  • Rishi Harith
    Rishi Harith Day ago

    Man this guy fucks 😂

  • Glitchy Squid
    Glitchy Squid 2 days ago

    That grandma is a savage

  • Allie Botello
    Allie Botello 2 days ago

    Sure, some people can learn to be funnier but their "skill" only reaches a certain point. Some people are just natually funny.

  • YaszQQ
    YaszQQ 2 days ago

    13:00 I would fall for that, for real.

  • A Y
    A Y 2 days ago

    His funny notes aren't that funny, so why am I listening to him?

  • Flamingohoho sparkle

    My grandma does the same thing XD

  • Naif Alqarni
    Naif Alqarni 2 days ago +1

    I need this to heal my cringy cringe

  • Luis Rodas
    Luis Rodas 3 days ago

    Notice how more people were prone to laugh after he made the statement that if you think you aren't funny you can at least smile. 😁

  • Kevin Broadwater
    Kevin Broadwater 3 days ago

    Never seen ted talks and all these minds giving good ideas and thoughts and ways of learning its breathtaking to absorb and grow

  • Touring Sri Lanka
    Touring Sri Lanka 3 days ago

    Thank you for this greatly inspiring presentation, but just one thing that was not in line for was the picture posted that was claimed to be one from Sri Lanka, which has landscapes and scenery that are much more captivating with lush greenery almost everywhere and seldom do you see a herd of goats as portrayed in the picture.

  • Uniquely Qualified
    Uniquely Qualified 3 days ago +1

    No Soap, Radio

  • Rainbow Unicorn Destruction

    Dude same. I am such a nerd. Everyone used to call me a teachers pet. They said it like an insult. Too bad I'm smarter than them all now

  • TheLun4tic
    TheLun4tic 4 days ago

    I really wanna be part of a Lion Pride 😍

  • random browser
    random browser 4 days ago

    He made me blow snot out of my nose.

  • Edorin
    Edorin 4 days ago

    "Error, cannot establish connection to server"....yup...

  • Shin Drad
    Shin Drad 5 days ago

    family...what a funny word

  • Megan Moone
    Megan Moone 5 days ago

    but how can you teach humor if you're not funny? :(

  • chicken permission
    chicken permission 6 days ago

    squints because i was eating mint chocolate icecream while watching this

  • Sean ¿
    Sean ¿ 6 days ago

    Looks like Drake Bell

  • Ursula Andrea
    Ursula Andrea 6 days ago

    Luckily he's not turning into "joker"

  • Will Reese
    Will Reese 6 days ago

    "Can't connect to server" it's a double entendre because he said flirting with the waiter aka "server" lol

  • Clementine La Personne

    he's great

  • Wicca Bijvelds
    Wicca Bijvelds 7 days ago

    Your Rap is great...never heard before ...:-))

  • Haritsinh gohil
    Haritsinh gohil 8 days ago

    Wow that's fun

  • Haritsinh gohil
    Haritsinh gohil 8 days ago


  • George Donnelly CPA
    George Donnelly CPA 8 days ago

    Q: Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip?
    A: To get to the same side.
    Har har, I laugh at my own jokes.

  • Vaishnavi H
    Vaishnavi H 8 days ago +1

    By any chance is his grandma captain Ray Holt?!

  • ya like JAZZ?
    ya like JAZZ? 10 days ago


  • faizan iqbal
    faizan iqbal 10 days ago

    My humor works only with people I like

  • do nguyen le ho
    do nguyen le ho 10 days ago +1


  • thelastcashew
    thelastcashew 11 days ago

    The pic of the dog looks like he just got released from ...the pen.

  • IPlay Games
    IPlay Games 11 days ago +1

    Hey, this one is actually pretty good.
    Love, your grandma

  • IPlay Games
    IPlay Games 11 days ago +3

    Personally I think comedy is the key to anyone’s heart. I used to be that guy in the corner, sad, and didn’t want anything to do with anyone in school. Then I told a joke to someone, they laughed. It felt so good to have someone take notice and have a positive reaction to me. Then I tried it again, and then I realised I had something with comedy and making people laugh.
    Comedy taught me confidence, and to just try. My saying is life is “If you have something funny to do or say, just do it.

  • David Gingerich
    David Gingerich 12 days ago

    Something's different about Spongebob...

  • Alex Plüddemann
    Alex Plüddemann 12 days ago


  • Mohammad Fazlul Karim
    Mohammad Fazlul Karim 12 days ago


  • Youth F7C
    Youth F7C 12 days ago

    Math and Chem pickup lines are funny!!

  • Sanna Norberg
    Sanna Norberg 12 days ago

    Ha, ha

  • Karol Kaminski
    Karol Kaminski 13 days ago

    This dude is awesome

  • Dotadummy
    Dotadummy 13 days ago

    Do you wanna be a horse?
    I say neigh

  • jo g
    jo g 14 days ago

    Are you the square root of a negative number?
    Cuz' I can't believe you're real.

  • Hikihachi
    Hikihachi 15 days ago

    He does look like David Tennant.

  • George Washington
    George Washington 15 days ago

    This man is unfunny.

  • Ferris Clark
    Ferris Clark 16 days ago


  • ObiWanBillKenobi
    ObiWanBillKenobi 16 days ago +1

    This one was good! I watched about 10 today while cleaning house, and this one was especially enjoyable. Good end to the run.

  • ObiWanBillKenobi
    ObiWanBillKenobi 16 days ago +1

    Hey, girl, I’d like to find the area under *those* curves. 😉

  • Will Nicholls
    Will Nicholls 16 days ago

    And I thought an innuendo was an Italian suppository

  • meg bal
    meg bal 16 days ago

    From 4 hours to 3 mins .That's real talent.

  • Caleb Skinner
    Caleb Skinner 18 days ago

    "THEEE Ohio State University" you damn right! O-H boi

  • Gale Perfecio
    Gale Perfecio 18 days ago

    whose line is it anyway

  • Orange World
    Orange World 18 days ago

    Women aren't funny

  • Don Cheadle
    Don Cheadle 18 days ago

    I think my math teacher could learn something from this

  • Andy zʇıuoq
    Andy zʇıuoq 19 days ago +1

    WTF is this?

  • Raian Hossain
    Raian Hossain 19 days ago

    18:57 I think everyone does that, just the 3 letters are used in a different context...

  • Tony Hanna
    Tony Hanna 19 days ago +1

    When you say your funny your probably not funny.

  • Keno
    Keno 20 days ago

    this is the guy that should’ve voiced phineas from phineas and ferb

  • çeci n’est pas une pipe

    You need to work on your voice. It’s jarring. I’m sure you know this. So this is a message from your grandma: Dear Andrew go see a voice coach in your city, love Grandma

  • Roo Hale
    Roo Hale 22 days ago

    wow, thats fun man

  • ExperiencedGhost
    ExperiencedGhost 22 days ago

    Why do I think he's not funny?

  • 狐Stellowiz
    狐Stellowiz 22 days ago

    Wow, that's fun!

  • Janeth Canama
    Janeth Canama 24 days ago


  • Sarah McGreevy
    Sarah McGreevy 24 days ago


  • Adam Mudianto
    Adam Mudianto 25 days ago

    best stand up comedy ever

  • Flaming Falcon
    Flaming Falcon 25 days ago

    Hey girl, are you a 90 degree angle cause your looking right.

  • Dami Williams
    Dami Williams 25 days ago

    This doesn't work because I think I'm SO funny, but people rarely agree. I've perfected making myself laugh, not so much anyone else

  • Kevin Li
    Kevin Li 25 days ago

    focus on the present moment

  • Jacob T Cuthbertson
    Jacob T Cuthbertson 26 days ago

    What an Aquarius

  • bimmjim
    bimmjim 26 days ago

    Humor is an Art Form. This guy has got it all wrong and he's not funny. .

  • jjbuballoo _
    jjbuballoo _ 26 days ago

    3:54 living like larry

  • Dare Devil
    Dare Devil 26 days ago

    Enjoyed it

  • G.aliman GOhan
    G.aliman GOhan 26 days ago

    I think he should have said, "You're way above average, you SHOULDN'T be mean"

  • Prince Hans
    Prince Hans 26 days ago +1


  • The Father [
    The Father [ 27 days ago

    15:34 how can Rock N Roll be inappropriate

  • Lily Ruff
    Lily Ruff 27 days ago

    Im an INTJJJJ yaaaa

  • AngelicaMousie
    AngelicaMousie 27 days ago

    He looks like my tech theater teacher.

  • MrCrunchBerry
    MrCrunchBerry 27 days ago

    I enjoyed this talk

  • M S
    M S 27 days ago


  • Mari Larsen
    Mari Larsen 27 days ago

    At 8:24 precisely, I had another sip of a "Dakota Mint Mocha Iced Latte" from my local dollar store (with a shot of vodka...not from my local dollar store). What are the odds of that? (Note to self: Must invest in a Lottery ticket today...)

  • SunshinE Thomas
    SunshinE Thomas 28 days ago

    OMG - pros and cons....! Wow, that’s fun!

  • Rand U
    Rand U 29 days ago


  • Khanh Nguyen
    Khanh Nguyen 29 days ago

    aint too funny

  • Shyam Shrestha
    Shyam Shrestha 29 days ago

    Wow, thats fun 😃

  • Liya vaanunu
    Liya vaanunu Month ago

    Two minutes in and I’m already laughing

  • Serena Smuckers
    Serena Smuckers Month ago

    They're wrong. You're Wally Cox. 😀

  • StereoSoundAgent
    StereoSoundAgent Month ago

    "you can't Google solutions to peoples' feelings" mike skinner

  • Beatnik X
    Beatnik X Month ago


  • Zenadra Vailess
    Zenadra Vailess Month ago

    I really enjoyed

  • Mindful - Grateful - Joyful

    WTF, Andrew 😀

  • Jacek Nowotnik
    Jacek Nowotnik Month ago

    you mention feelings what is an error message? what separates us from machines. Do you understand that joke is a mistake (I'm not going to go to detail on this). Laughter is a way of separating yourself form the problem and climb(o)ing a social ladder. Showing teeth while laughing creating an response that shames other . Humor Its an old pathway for us not to make or commit mistakes. we r machines we don't understand ur self yet. Im not against emotions but we know, we do good when we feel good but is good good? and bad is bad just based on feelings but what we get is true or false in result of our values and conditioning. We might be living in somewhat binary state.

  • Eid AL-Hajri
    Eid AL-Hajri Month ago

    Very nice topic and we can practice the humor in daily live.

  • loan le
    loan le Month ago

    Those maths pick up lines are brilliant though :)

  • Christopher Rosenbalm

    still a nerd and still not funny

    YOKU BEATS Month ago

    this niiga isnt funny

  • Scuttlebug
    Scuttlebug Month ago

    he sounds like ben shapiro

  • Jaf IO Tutorials
    Jaf IO Tutorials Month ago

    Aids in learning. Or Aids from learning? Does Learning Give You Aids, debunking the dumbest conspiracy theory yet?

  • Jay Em
    Jay Em Month ago

    WTF! Thanks!

  • Loaded Rifles & Holding Waifus

    God this guy like a wet fart. Really really unfunny

  • Ironic Gamer
    Ironic Gamer Month ago +1

    Wtf . 😂

  • Brandon Dunn
    Brandon Dunn Month ago

    Great job Andrew!

  • Sundar Adhikari
    Sundar Adhikari Month ago

    Humor is in his DNA. WTF