When someone told me a while back that I had a droll sense of humor, I took that as the highest compliment. Droll means amusingly odd, whimsically comical, or buffoonish. Other than buffoonish, I agree that my humor tends toward the droll.
I’ve also been told that my sense of humor can be described as deadpan, which is dry humor or dry wit delivered with a deliberate lack of emotion or enthusiasm. I also took that as a compliment.
So why would I think “droll” and “deadpan,” when it comes to sense of humor, are good attributes? Here’s why:
Bob Newhart, Shelley Berman, Steven Wright (pictured above), Rita Rudner, Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, and Bill Murray.
These are just some of the brilliant comedians who come to mind when I hear the word “droll.” These droll comics, known for their deadpan delivery, are among my all-time favorite stand-up performers.
So yes, if someone thinks of my wit as droll or deadpan, I’m flattered. As long as they don’t mean buffoonish. I draw the line at buffoonish, dammit.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “droll.”