Ever Hear the One About...?: Using Humor 149 Some people in my neighborhood call sushi bait instead of calling it sushi, but it's really the same thing. This isn't to say that there's only one way to word a joke. This is to say, however, that you must think about the way you arrange the words to achieve the greatest punch and laughter. Play around with the wording until the joke works for you. Then try it out on people whose judgment you respect-- preferably people with a good sense of humor. If they laugh, you'll know that you're on to something. If they don't, either find some new friends or go back to the drawing board. Be of Good Cheer So what's funny to most people most of the time? Toastmasters International recommends a number of ways to develop humor in speeches. I've adapted some of these and added some advice of my own. Here they are, as recommended by four out of five joke-meisters. Borrow Good Jokes It's okay to take a little bit of well-tested material from people you know are funny. Just make sure that the jokes suit your audience, purpose, and individual style. Tried-and-true humorists include Will Rogers, Mark Twain, Robert Benchley, Woody Allen, and Dave Barry. The first three are better suited for an older audience; the last two for younger audiences. Speech of the Devil