Awkward Laughter

Because most things in life are humorous, even when they shouldn't be

Jimmy Bryant


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What’s Your Inspiration?

What motivates anyone on a day-to-day basis is relative. From an entertaining perspective, I might say mine stems from an old-school Saturday Night Live skit – Stuart Smalley:

His comic bits poked fun at the trite advice many motivational speakers spew, but as annoying as they can be, I think there’s something to be said in finding inspiration in unexpected places. Continue reading

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What’s Your Pseudo Action Hero Moment?

We’re all called to action at some point, right? Whether it be assisting someone with car trouble, helping an old lady cross the street, or performing the Heimlich maneuver on a stranger (e.g. Bill Murray Groundhog’s Day style), most of us hope to be ready to help when crises arise.

I call that  “action-hero syndrome,” and boy, do I suffer from it.

Perhaps it’s because, as a child of the 80s, I watched too many movies (Cloak & Dagger and The Goonies) and TV shows (The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels), or may be it’s just generational hubris? Continue reading


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What’s Your Excuse?: 30-30 Somethings

“Always do what you say you’re going to do!”

That’s what a good friend said to me in our undergrad college days, after I tried to back out of some activity that I can no longer remember. I’m sure it was something relatively silly, like go watch a movie or concert with him, but his words stuck with me.

“Always do what you say you’re going to do.”

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What’s Your Weirdest Search Term?

Two weeks ago today, Awkward Laughter crossed a milestone – 1,000 followers. Yippee!

I celebrated like any self-professed nerd would; I geeked out on stats. But my efforts to Excel-erise them got sidetracked when I noticed the crazy list of words and phrases folks used to find this site. Continue reading


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What’s Your Ultimate Feel Good Song?

Picture this. I stood on the floor of the concert hall dancing along with The Avett Brothers as they performed on stage 30 feet in front of me. Surrounded by friends who love them as much as I do, I didn’t hesitate to sing butcher their songs like any good horrible guest band member would.
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Thin Mints


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What’s Your Sweakness?

Yep! I just made up that word, a cross between sweet and weakness. Indulge me.

I’m not really a sweet-tooth person. I prefer savory foods any day. That said, I do have a handful of “sweaknesses.” One rears it’s ugly head every March thanks to those darn Girl Scout cookies.
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Bridge Bench Press


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What’s Your Superhuman Power?

The midpoint of the week can leave us all feeling restless. So I thought I’d propose a little game of What’s Your?

What’s your (fill-in-the-blank)? is my favorite question to ask people when I’m first getting to know them. Since this wonderful world of blogging is all about sharing, I’m asking you: “What’s your superhuman power?” We all have at least one.
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