Published on March 4, 2014
LAUGHTER AND HUMOUR FOR LAW SCHOOLS
Presentation by Maj. Gen. Nilendra Kumar, Director, Amity Law School, Noida
Law professionals carry out their functions by use of communications.
A law professional, be it an attorney, judge, briefing counsel or jurist has to convey his point across to the bench, witness, jury, client or the opposite party.
Therefore, he has to be an effective communicator.
A legal brief is often serious in contents replete with technical matters and often factual details. One, who can see humour or fun in it, would succeed in making an impression.
Communication has to be brief, clear and effective.
A law student or a budding lawyer should try to inculcate a sense of humour early in his career.
Gandhi on Humour If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide.
What are the various terms associated with humour and laughter.
Laugher means 1. The act of laughing 2. The sound produced by laughing. 3. An expression or appearance of merriment.
Laughter is a part of universal human vocabulary.
Humour relates to the quality of being funny. It conveys a comic, absurd or incongruous quality causing amusement.
Wit A form of intelligent humour, the ability to say or write things that are clever and usually funny.
Repartee implies a sharp or witty remark made as a reply. It is the skill in making sharp witty replies.
Self Humour is the act of belittling or under valuing oneself.
Mimicry The art of imitation practiced by professional comedians who impersonate famous people on stage. It is meant to make fun of the thing imitated.
Mimicry may take the form of mockery or parody on one hand, and impersonation on the other.
One Liner A short joke or witticism, usually expressed in a single sentence.
A one liner is a joke in which the set up and punch line are in one statement.
Examples of one liners 1. I never forget a face, but in your case, I would be glad to make an exception. 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it is still on the list.
Humorous one liners 1. Life is unsure,always eat your dessert first. 2. Marriage is one of the chief causes of divorce. 3. Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.
4. If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong. 5. I did not say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
Joker one who tells or plays jokes
Clown A clown is a comic performer who employs slapstick physical humour. The comedy performed by a clown is that of a fool.
Mono Acting means the art of acting a play by a single actor/person.
Cartoon is a drawing depicting a humorous situation, often accompanied by a caption.
Satire is the use of ridicule, irony or sarcasm in exposing, denouncing or deriding vice, folly etc.
Witty Quotes 1. Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. 2. Never interrupt your enemy when is making a mistake.
3. The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
Winston Churchill Quotes 1. There is no such thing as a good tax. 2. A fanatic is one who cannot change his mind and will not change the subject.
3. If you are going to go through hell, keep going. 4. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Charles Chaplin Quotes 1. You will never find a rainbow if you are looking down. 2. I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.
3. It is kind of fun to do the impossible. 4. Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.
Humour and wit can only be used with advantage by a counsel who has complete grasp of the facts and applicable law.
Wit and humour may be made a habit with regular practice.
Humour and laughter can break tension and remove stress.
Benefits of humour and laughter 1. Reduced stress 2. Increased creativity 3. Improved problem solving competence.
5. Enhanced memory 6. Increased self esteem and resilience 7. Bonding with colleagues and friends
To cultivate a sense of humour 1. Regain your smile 2. Reward yourself frequently with comedy movies and literature
3. Find humour in your most embarrassing moments 4. Write funny comments on facebook posts and pictures and sms texts.
5. Find a humour buddy 6. Focus humour on yourself 7. Experiment with jokes
Different modes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. One act play Mimicry Mono act Humourous poems Cartoon
Prohibition Don’t be obscene or vulgar
To begin with, use jokes available on internet or in books/magazines. Practice the manner of correct speech, tone, pronounciation and right pause.
There should be no compulsion. Let only those students join who are genuinely interested.
Mimicry to be practiced by mocking or impersonating the faculty or senior students.
A prize would be awarded at each session to the student who best mimics the law school director.
SUMMARY Being able to communicate clearly and effectively is a prime requisite for success in law profession. Humour and wit makes effective communicator.
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