Cheering up a gloomy project or initiative

Mike Yanagita

I’m curious whether folks have any good stories about humor…I’ve found that a little bit of insanity always helps keep a project or an initiative fun (or at least bearable).  Also, showing that I can laugh at myself is a great way to loosen up the team.

I was on a busy team supporting the wave of SAP R/3 4.6C upgrades back in 2000-2001.  One of our main sources of amusement was reciting dialogue from Fargo, especially from the character Mike Yanagita.  If you’ve been a road warrior you’ll relate to many of his lines:

  • I shouldn’t have done this.  I shouldn’t have done this.  I shouldn’t…
  • I’ve been so lonely.
  • You know, it’s a Radisson, so it’s pretty good. Yah.

"King" Gator

I was reminded of the importance of humor as I amused my son with my rendition of Ken Page’s showstopper “Let’s Make Music Together” from All Dogs Go to Heaven.   Singing King Gator’s part sends him into stitches, given my secret talent for mimicing camp characters and singing Ethel Merman’s signature tunes.  And the difference is.. ?

You’ll know it’s a tough project if I convene a karaoke party and belt out “There’s No Business Like Show Business!

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