Droll Wit

img_0121When 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.”

6 thoughts on “Droll Wit

  1. Marilyn Armstrong November 16, 2017 / 9:39 am

    We’ve got a buffoon on the news every day. That’s enough buffoonery for all of us forever!

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  2. Esme upon the Cloud November 16, 2017 / 10:59 am

    It’s really the most effective kind of humour there is to my mind, but then I would say that because, well, I’m like that too, hahahaha. It’s very British too, you can’t move for dry humour here. All the people you mentioned fit the bill plus my favourite – Bill Hicks.

    – Esme dry and on the rocks upon the Cloud

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