12 Most Uproarious Laugh Riot Tips

12 Most Uproarious Laugh Riot Tips

This post was co-authored by Susan Silver and Karen Lee. 

They say the only constant in life is death & taxes. I think we can add another one to the list, deadlines. The business environment is stressful, but we can make it a little lighter if we remember to add some humor.

Share these 12 quotes by famous comedians while learning how you can add some humor to the workday.

1. “I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.” ~ Lily Tomlin

Acknowledge accomplishments on the spot, or break the tension with a one-minute kazoo parade around the office.

2. “If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.” ~ Steven Wright

Have a positive party funded by negative people. Every time someone in the office is caught being negative they throw a dollar in a positive pot and, once each calendar quarter, the pot is spent on an office celebration

3. ”…we all dreamed of ending up on Saturday Night Live. I remember thinking, ‘I’ll just keep doing this as long as I can get away with it.’ “ ~ Tina Fey

When your secretary makes a mistake, instead of screaming, give the document back with a band-aid over the boo-boo. Let them know you tried it and it didn’t work.

4. “Can we talk?” ~ Joan Rivers

Add on humorous items to each meeting agenda. Example: “Would the ocean be as deep if there weren’t so many sponges?” “So… what is the speed of dark?” or “Why do they call it minutes when the meeting goes on for hours?”

5. “ …There’s no rehab for stupidity” ~ Chris Rock

Reward someone for the worst mistake of the week. This will encourage employees to share and learn from their mistakes.

6. “Excuuuuuse me!” ~ Steve Martin

Give out monthly awards for the most creative use of telephone time, late-to-work excuses, expense account documentation etc.

7. “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. “ ~ Woody Allen

Add finding humor to your “To Do” list. Every time you look at your priority list for the day you will be reminded to look for humor. When you have found something humorous, mark it off your list and jot down what you have found. Your humor diary can be reread any time you need a belly laugh boost.

8. “Think off-center.” ~ George Carlin

Play with your favorite advertising slogans during tense times. Example: “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce… you know deadlines don’t upset us.”

9. “A day without laughter is a day wasted” ~ Charlie Chaplin

Put a plastic fish in the water cooler. Stick up a humorous sign for a meeting. Use sight gags to lighten up the day.

10. “Always look on the bright side of life” ~ Monty Python

Make fun an official part of your companies culture like Ben & Jerry’s Joy gang. The company encourages workers to come up with activities with $500 joy grants.

11. “I’m very pleased to be here. Let’s face it, at my age I’m very pleased to be anywhere.” ~ George Burns

Set aside a space for a humor break. Kodak instituted a humor room that includes pictures of Charlie Chaplin, a toy chest, and a computer loaded with games. The purpose of the room was to allow employees to decompress and be more creative.

12. “Death is nature’s way of telling you to slow down.” ~ Anon

If you’re working toward a deadline, get some of the special yellow caution tape and put it on your doorway or cubicle entrance. Draw a chalk body outline on the floor. If anyone interrupts your flow, remind them politely of what happened to the last person who bothered you!!!

How do you add humor to your work place?

Featured image courtesy of Steve Rhodes via Creative Commons.

Susan Silver


Susan is a copywriter who crafts content strategies that rank. She is also the community manager for Gygax Magazine. She shares information on business, social media, and writing.

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I am a huge fan of Steven Wright. In fact, we had this tradition (for about 4 years) in which my wife made lunch bags for our daughters when they went to middle/high school. She would draw characters on the bag, and I would always find humorous or inspirational quotes for the characters. Steven Wright was always a favorite - so much humor in so little deadpanned words!


Of course, I got a kick out of #1 on this list, too. Thanks Susan.


I remember the annoucement that KISS signed over the right for Muzak to play their songs It was 15 years ago already. Here it is 



I have heard a weird version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody on a Ukulele . I really wasn't paying attention because it was so hard to hear over people talking. But I know I was hearing Queen. I searched for this version to see if it was a real recording, it is! 




The guy who invented Muzak was thinking of the day when KISS songs would be played on Muzak.


Wonderful post. I would extend adding humor into all parts of your life. Seek the humor in any situation - it will get you through the toughest of times and multiply the fun of the good times.

Karen Lee
Karen Lee

 @reneedobbs A sense of humor may have saved my life during difficult times. Studies show laughter improves the "amuse system". You can be seriously ill, but you do not have to be terminally serious.


 @Karen Lee  @jodineibeme I wonder if they have even started to play KISS yet. I swear I heard my favorite Indie artist played as Muzak at the mall. I think I was hearing things.