humor skeptic

Tap into your natural humor persona and become (more) memorable, improve productivity, relieve stress and simply have more fun, here’s how…

skeptic, your humor is a superpower

Your Mantra - "Better to be safe, than sorry"

As a Humor Skeptic, you know that, while there may be some nice benefits to using humor there are some serious dangers (especially in a professional environment). There’s a big difference between someone laughing WITH you versus someone laughing AT you.

Other people recognize that you are serious about what you do. They know that interactions with you will cut straight to the chase, even if it means forgoing the pleasantries.

Like philosopher Plato, rapper Kanye West (Ye?), and entrepreneur Steve Jobs, you can appreciate a good chuckle now and then, but you’re not entirely convinced that fun and games lead to the success you crave.

(this is you) 


Entrepreneur Steve Jobs

Kanye West (Ye)

You might even think that laughter can sidetrack you from the stuff that truly counts. As a result, you zero in on the task at hand and find yourself in the company of like-minded, no-nonsense people. While others try to find joy, you concentrate on the work itself.

but it’s not all rosy in the land of the Skeptic

Do you ever find yourself focusing on your work only to realize people think you’re a bit of a curmudgeon or killjoy?

I bet your humor (or lack thereof) has gotten you into trouble once or twice before, hasn’t it?

Here you are, just wanting to work on the task at hand, because, you know, there are already so many distractions out there… but the people around you somehow see it as being a party pooper

You know you’re fun to be around… when you’re around the right people and in the right mood, but not a lot of people ever get to see that side of you

here’s the good news!

Now that you know your humor persona, I, An(Drew) can help you master it in a way that will allow you to fully embrace your sense of humor without having to censor yourself or hinder your relationships with friends, family and coworkers.

what makes me so confident I can teach you?

I’ve been teaching people how to be funny’er for over a decade.

My TEDx talk has been viewed more than 14 million times. And I’ve had the privilege of working with such clients as Microsoft, the FBI, the U.S. Navy, ESPN, PepsiCo, GE, and the International Association of Canine Professionals (yes there were dogs in the audience).

Don’t worry, I got you.

humor is a language we all speak… 

Whether it’s “hahaha” in English, “jajaja” in Spanish, “55555” in Thai or “wwww” in Japanese, humor is a language we all speak.

I know this because I’ve spoken to hundreds of thousands of people all around the world. And even though the language changes, the message always resonates

Humor connects. It builds trust, defuses tension and creates a positive shared experience that brings people closer together. Humor forces you to put your guard down, to stop being defensive and become more receptive. It’s like a little reminder in your brain that says “let’s have an open mind here.”

And humor is just so… much… fun… What is laughter if not the physical expression of joy?

so how do we unlock this incredible skill?

I went ahead and distilled down all of the actionable information in all of my books, keynote presentations and workshops. And condensed it down into a short, insightful and actionable course.

It is exactly what I would teach you if you were sitting here, next to me.


humor skeptic
essentials course

master the art of discerning humor

What if you could master the art of discerning humor, understanding when it heals and when it harms?

Do you find yourself critically analyzing jokes and humor for their impact?

As a Humor Skeptic, you appreciate the power of laughter, yet you’re keenly aware that not all humor is created equal.

In this course you'll learn to:

Identify and manage the risks of using humor, preventing negative impacts.

Use humor as a tool for increased productivity and stress reduction.

Balance humor in the workplace, creating a respectful and inclusive environment.

Develop strategies for using humor effectively, without sacrificing seriousness and professionalism.

Understand other’s approaches to appropriate humor use

begin your path
as a humor skeptic

Your role is crucial in fostering a humor culture that is enjoyable yet considerate. With thoughtful insight, you can guide others to understand the complexities of humor.

Master the intelligent use of humor with the Humor Skeptic Essentials Course. Expertly balance wit and caution, turning skepticism into a tool for enhanced productivity and a more fulfilling life.

self-directed learning

This is a text based, self-directed online course, that you can finish in under an hour, fitting easily into your busy schedule. Learn at your own pace, on your schedule.

Pause, revisit, and review sections as you need – your course, your rules.

connect with other humor skeptic

What better way to learn, if not from each other?

Connect, practice, and learn with other humor skeptics in our member’s area.

You never know where your next friendship / business partnership / running buddy may come from.

With the Humor Skeptics Essentials Course, you will be able to incorporate humor at work and at home to improve your connection with co-workers and fellow humans, become (more) memorable, improve productivity, relieve stress and simply want to have more fun to… you know, enjoy life (if you’re into that sort of thing)

You will know exactly what to do, even if you don’t have a lot of free time, or if you don’t have a funny bone in your body (Well technically everyone has a “funny bone,” which funnily enough isn’t a bone but the ulnar nerve bumping against your humerus.)




to sweeten the pot even more, I'm also giving you access to...


humor skeptic booklet

To ensure Humor Skeptic, like yourself, have every chance of success in incorporating humor at work and at home immediately, I’ve put together a very simple booklet.

It’s only 20 pages long, and I designed it specifically to give you just enough to get you some quick wins immediately but not so much that you’re left feeling overwhelmed.

It is immensely valuable when used by itself, but substantially amplified when paired with the Humor Skeptic Essentials Course.
(not unlike the perfect cheese and wine pairing.)


remotely funny

A virtual comedy special my team and I filmed during the lockdown.
It’s full of stories, anecdotes, and one of my favorite jokes I’ve ever written (it’s about my wife and I getting married on Zoom and it is truly groan-worthy).

why others like you have joined our courses

“I want to be able to captivate people when I talk. Too often I start to tell a story and get interrupted.

Deep down everyone wants to be listened to as well. Perhaps humor will add that edge that keeps them hanging.”


“I’m tired of thinking, “What I should have said was….” I believe laughter is the shortest distance between two hearts.

This is a soft skill I wish I had been born with – but since I wasn’t – I’m all about learning it.


“There appears to be a disconnect between my brain (which thinks it’s funny) and my mouth (which convolute the message into something lame) or my fingers (who freeze, stumble or mumble.)”


“I find it frustrating that I’m not able to connect with people at the level I’d like.

Language is a structure of thoughts and humor is the penthouse."


“I want to learn more on how to change language for real change, to be funnier or more relatable, to make a case for those who are not being heard.”


“I am afraid to trust myself and speak up freely. But perhaps there is a tool to change it – the humor. This is what I’ve realized now. In humor I trust.“


“We take everything too seriously, especially at work.

Then I realized that the Megan in front of the PowerPoint was not at all like Megan chatting at the coffee machine and that both myself and my colleagues liked coffee Megan better.”


I work in dementia care. I see fear, pain, exhaustion, and depression every day.

I took it upon myself to greet everyone with a smile and a joke to help relieve that situation as best as I could. Over time I found it began to have an impact and people began to look forward to a daily joke.”


“I would like to transform the meetings in the company’s medical team area into a light, humorous, and yet full of content dialogues.

I believe that with humor and comedy, it is possible to take care of people… especially people who take care of other people.”


“I work in a serious business, but I want to incorporate humor in useful ways and to show my personality more without losing credibility.“


“I need more laughter and light in my life. Everything about the world is so serious. I need a break.”


“I want to be a more interesting person. Funny people are always fun to be around, and I want to be someone who others want to be around more.“


"Thank you, Drew, for all you offer us in this community, for your questions, your Zoom’s, your responses to our queries and comments!

I am grateful for you and your passion for giving back, and how you teach us how to use humor in our communication.

Also, how you teach us how to communicate responsibly depending on the situation so we can find more joy in our work and lives."


and many many many many many many many… many more.

(an)drew tarvin

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 programs 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.

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