This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this talk Andrew Tarvin talks about how he brought humor to the workplace while he worked at Procter & Gamble. After being complimented by co-workers on how humor helped them enjoy their work, Andrew decided to start becoming a humor engineer–using humor to help people become more efficient and effective in the workplace.

For a final project presentation while working at Procter & Gamble, Andrew Tarvin made presentation slides using Microsoft Paint to bring humor to his PowerPoint presentations. Since then, he has used the skills he learned as an engineer (and his funny personality) to show people how to use humor in the workplace.

Andrew Tarvin is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author, and international comedian. He’s worked with more than 100 organizations including Procter & Gamble, GE, and Western & Southern Life Insurance on topics including humor in the workplace, communicating confidently, leadership through change, and strategic disengagement. He is also the author of the best-selling book 501 Ways to Use Humor at Work.

Andrew graduated with a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University, where he was also a co-founder of the 8th Floor Improv Comedy Group.

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  • Ani Chen 10 months ago

    OMG I knew he’s INTJ from the start
    Any INTJ fellows here??

  • Chingying V. Li 10 months ago

    I can't think of any jokes or pun

  • Tasneem Khajanchi 10 months ago

    Really enjoyed this video. 🙂

  • Brian Miller Magic 10 months ago

    Terrific. One of the best TEDx talks I've seen in ages.

  • zappbraniggan 10 months ago


  • Oliver 10 months ago

    I decided to use humor work. Got fired. Now I'm free 🙂

  • YoungGrasshopper 10 months ago

    I still don't know how to be funny help!! Haha, great talk!

  • Ghaliah Abdullah 10 months ago

    For a second I thought he was gabe from the office 🙃

  • Cody Evans 10 months ago

    Im surprised this wasnt cringeworthy

  • Cody Evans 10 months ago

    Gabe from the office

  • Shannon 10 months ago

    Einstein was a notorious prankster. You could say he was relatively bright.

  • Nolan Conville 10 months ago

    Gabe Lewis is that you?

  • נתנאל מ 10 months ago

    Is there a way to get the transcription of this?

  • Sharmin Hossain 10 months ago


  • Pookie Parks 10 months ago

    Ya! I love this Talk! Now please, Part 2: How To Use It

  • I don't know how. Yea. The thing is, when I make a joke nobody gets it or laughs.

  • Susan Scrupski 10 months ago

    So great.  Humor at work.  Watch. 

  • Richard Robert 10 months ago

    this guy has some good thoughts… its really fun as well 

  • David Tay 10 months ago

    this is very very true.. thanks for the great sharing!