9 abr. 2011

A Funny Guy

When I gave my last talk in Spain in January 2010 I had the audience in stitches. I wasn't even trying to by funny, I just was. I didn't have any jokes, I just started with a particular line that got a few laughs. Then the audience was in my hands. I ended up making a few other extemporaneous remarks that got bigger and bigger laughs. I read my talk over recently in page proofs and I could see nothing humorous about it in the least.

I just don't think they are used to a less solemn, extemporaneous mode. I hate canned jokes, but I don't mind being funny if it emerges spontaneously.