Droll Humor?

Recently I was accused of being droll.

Not this blog mind you, or even the various characters and personas I have populated it with, but me, my very own personal self.


Brent Diggs offers up a droll facial expression

If there is anything that gets my dander up and marching around,1 it’s being labeled with terms so offensive, so clearly and blatantly derogatory that even I don’t know what they mean.

So in spite of strict vows intellectual pacifism, I undertook the most strenuous research methods at my disposal to fathom the enigmatic mystery known as droll.

After several second of diligent mousework I wiped the sweat from my wrist and basked in the glow of discovery.2 After a brief post-investigative nap, I read through the symptoms as presented by the vocabulary professionals of Dictionary.com:

Drolladjective. amusing in an odd way; whimsical; waggish.

Could it be? Was it possible that The Ominous Comma and myself its erstwhile creator were in fact suffering from the insidious effects of droll humor?

So severe were the consequences of this implication that I sought out a second opinion, and after a couple more clicks of grueling research the lexiconary specialists at Wikipedia confirmed the diagnosis:

Droll Humor -an often dry, witty form of humor that elicits laughs through amusingly odd, sometimes zany behavior or speech.

They those same experts went to on to illustrate the sufferings of well known victims like Steven Wright and John Cleese, never once hinting at a cure.

I was stunned. I didn’t know how to live with such self-knowledge, or myself after having discovered it. My only hope lay with the experimental psychological research of the late Doctor Harold Toboggans3whose cutting-edge Third Person Repressionary Hypnosis therapy I hoped would give me my one shot at pulling through this crisis without permanent damage.

Snatching at the fragments of memory, I hastily assembled my best approximation of the Doctor’s radical self-programming technique.

I helped myself to several cleansing breaths and a shot of scrubbing bubbles. Then as I gazed convincingly into the mirror, I began the chant:

“Brent Diggs has droll humor – Brent Diggs is droll.”

The moral of the story I began to realize–

“Brent Diggs has droll humor – Brent Diggs is droll.”

Is that any time you set out upon a voyage of self discovery-

“Brent Diggs has droll humor – Brent Diggs is droll.”

Be sure to thoroughly check your itinerary.

“Brent Diggs is…”


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  1. After years of clinical research it is still unclear what role dander plays in the rageification process, but experts agree that it should definitely get top billing.
  2. For extended basking I recommend Toboggans Industries Discovery Screen made with actual pieces of ignorance to filter and protect your delicate tissues from the ravages of eureka-band radiation.
  3. I don’t know for sure that he is dead, but whatever state he’s in, he is very, very tardy to several counseling appointments.

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48 Responses to Droll Humor?

  1. HCM says:

    Now dear, I thought we talked about this. Making drama when there is none is well…dramatic. Let’s use our non drama voices please.

  2. april says:

    now what’s wrong with being “droll”? really…it could have been much worse!

  3. meg says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’d love to see what happens to your “droll” when you’re high–I mean, if you were ever to get high. Does it turn to “silly”?

  4. Dammit Brent, stop being so much funnier than me.

  5. Brett says:

    “an often dry, witty form of humor that elicits laughs through amusingly odd, sometimes zany behavior or speech.” Aside from the dry part it sounds like Jim Carey…..I’d take that as a compliment!

  6. don says:

    Droll? Hardly Brent. Get it out of your mind.

    Jocular? Certainly.

    Risible? Quite so.

    Even frolicsome?

    Well, lets not get too facetious here.

  7. Alex L. says:

    Well at least its not Troll humor, whoa those guys are some weird cats when it comes to comedy.

    oh yeah Bam

    your challenge has been completed by me anyway, do I get a prize for being first.

  8. Chris non-C says:

    Droll? Well it could have been drool….. I suppose dry wit is better than wet spittle on someones chin.

    All together now, eeeeewwww…….

  9. Brad Shorr says:

    I thought you had to be British in order to be droll. We Americans aren’t sophisticated enough to achieve drollness, drolldom, drollocity, whatever you call it. That’s why John Cleese is droll but Steven Wright is wacky.

  10. SinisterDan says:

    One my daughters calls me silly.

    Let’s just see if she can find her way home this time!

    Way too much attitude for a 4 year old…

  11. renalfailure says:

    One time I was accused of being Dave Grohl, but that’s because I had shaved in a while and I was singing for the Foo Fighters at the time.

  12. Debbie says:

    A droll with a degree…now that is scary!

  13. Jinksy says:

    I say its better to be compared to Jim Carrey than Tom Green (drunk college kids used to mistake me for him). Jim Carrey has been with a number of beautiful and talented actress. Outside of Drew Barrymore, all Tom Green got were cow nipples.

    Take that for what its worth.

  14. Smiley Foot says:

    I think the person said “I like your doll” not “I think you’re droll”. You should listen more carefully.

  15. VE says:

    I’ll think you’re droll if it will make you feel better. I just posted that ‘challenge’ you started….and I’m not even a humor-blog member (ok, I am but I’m too stubborn to actually participate in all that ranking hoopala).

  16. C. Fraser says:

    Congratulations on the droll affliction!! You should get a shirt that says something like, “Careful, I have the droll.”

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  18. HCM says:

    Hey, let’s watch the language little commas. My kids read this:)

  19. I admire your use of asterisks. And I have to agree with Brad Shorr. Americans haven’t learned the art of droll. We can, however, be brash, crass, and loud. Sort of the opposite of droll, unfortunately.

  20. Keli says:

    Droll is good, Brent. If you read between the lines, the definition really says:

    So amusingly funny and so wittily delivered by one so admirably clever that while the audience is reeling in laughter, the droller merely continues acting drolly, unselfishly using this time concocting ways to be even more droll than before.

    Isn’t that so you?

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  22. MsTrisBeats says:

    :-O Oh my I just got “Brent Drolled”…..**as she leaves this hilarious blog of a droll**..


    Whatever you’re labeled..keep it up because it works and we love it!