It’s not debatable, you must make your humor relatable.
It’s a simple equation . . . your audience will laugh longer and louder when they relate to you or your situation. To create that type of effective connection, you must setup a universal understanding.
For example, if your story requires that your audience be familiar with the housing habits of a baby kangaroo on the island of New Guinea, it is unlikely to resonate with anyone who hasn’t been there.
However, if your story is about a day you got locked out of your house in the pouring rain and you compare your experience to a baby kangaroo stuck outside in Australia, most people will be able to relate to the experience, because of the comparison, making your story both universal and humorous.
Science has proven people will relate to your point of view, joke, or story when you convey one of the four attitudes: strange, scary, difficult, or foolish. You can use one of these intros to get started with and effective setup:
“A strange thing happened to me…”
“I heard a sound outside that scared me…”
“The most difficult thing I’ve ever done was…”
or “The other day I did the most foolish thing…”
And there you have it – there’s nothing to debate, because your audience will completely relate, as they listen to your universal prompter bait.