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A List of Jokes, Puns and Funny Quotes About Social Anxiety

How to Laugh at Yourself When You Have Social Anxiety


Updated April 16, 2014

Humor is a way of relieving tension and finding more enjoyment in daily life. Although mental health issues are no laughing matter, humorous stories, anecdotes and puns about shyness, social anxiety and public speaking can bring some levity to an otherwise heavy topic. If you suffer with social anxiety disorder, take a minute to let your hair down and chuckle at these celebrity jokes, silly puns, and funny quotes.

Celebrity Jokes

Below are a couple of jokes told by celebrities about stage fright and public speaking.

According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. ~Jerry Seinfeld

An actor had been out of work for 15 years because he always forgot his lines. Then one day he got a phone call from a director who wanted him for a big part in a play. All he had to say was “Hark! I hear the cannon roar! After much worry the actor decided to take the role. Opening night arrived, and while he waited in the wings, the actor muttered to himself “Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar! The time for the entrance finally came and as the actor made his appearance, he heard a loud brooooom! He turned around and said, “what the hell was that?” ~Robert De Nero

Silly Puns

Below are a few silly puns about nerves, stage fright and shyness.

Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and shakes a lot?
A: A nervous wreck!

Q: Do you ever get stage fright?
A: No, I'm not afraid of the stage. It's the audience that scares me.

Q: What did the shy pebble say?
A: I wish I was a little boulder

Funny Quotes:

Below are a handful of funny quotes about public speaking.

They say people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of snakes. It doesn't seem to make sense. I mean, you don't see someone walking through the desert, suddenly shouting, "Watch out! A podium! ~Unknown

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public. ~George Jessel

There are two types of speakers: those who are nervous and those who are liars. ~Mark Twain

These are just a few funny jokes, puns and quotes to get you started. In addition to humorous writing about social anxiety, there are also cartoons that capture the sometimes funny side of having social anxiety. Below is a resource if you wish to look up some of these humorous cartoons: Cartoon Stock: Social Anxiety

Above all else, humor about social anxiety disorder should take into account the stigma that has been associated with this mental illness. Jokes or cartoons that promote further isolation, misunderstanding or denigration of those with social anxiety should be avoided.

In the end, those with the disorder are best suited to creating the humor, because poking fun at oneself is always acceptable. Learning to laugh about your situation and the mistakes that you make along the way can also be helpful during treatment such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or medication.

What do you think? Do you have any great jokes about shyness, social anxiety disorder, public speaking, stage fright, or other social or performance fears? If so, perhaps you could share them with your family and friends as a way of opening up a discussion about the way you are feeling and how social anxiety has affected your daily life.


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Life Supporters. Stage Fright Jokes. Accessed March 31st, 2013.

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