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How To Crack Up Your Co-workers (Without Being Offensive)

Michael Terry, hilarious hedge fund guy, on reading the room—part two.


Episode Notes

Last week we learned about using the four different styles of humor to your advantage, and who makes a good target for a joke. But what if you read the room wrong and absolutely bomb? On this episode of How To!, the second in a two-part series, we resume our conversation with Naomi Bagdonas, co-author of Humor, Seriously!, and Michael Terry, the most hilarious hedge fund guy we’ve ever met. They swap stories about office jokes that fell flat, how to navigate a suddenly tense situation and what to do if your humor accidentally offends someone (especially your boss).

If you liked this episode, check out “How To Be Funny” with comedian Gary Gulman.

If you want to discover your own humor style, take the test on Naomi and Jennifer’s website.

Do you have a joke that killed at the office, or totally bombed? Send us a note at or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001. To never miss an episode, subscribe for free on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen.

Podcast production by Derek John and Rosemary Belson.


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