Fun vs Funny – What’s the Difference?

Fun. Funny. They’re almost the same. Who cares if you use one or the other?

I do.

That’s why I made this video that explains the whole thing.

You can view the slideshow I created here.

So to recap:

  • Fun is when you’re having a good time. When you’re enjoying yourself.
  • Funny is when something makes you laugh.

Okay, now you understand everything completely. Don’t you?

Let’s check. Do this quick test!

Fun vs Funny Practice


A super-quick test to make sure you totally know the difference between fun and funny.

Fun vs Funny Practice

Question 1 of 5.

Why is this woman laughing?

1. Because her boyfriend is extremely charming and funny.
2. Because someone slipped on a banana skin.

I was telling her the 'invisible' joke from the YouTube video. She forgets jokes instantly so you can always re-use the same jokes.

Question 2 of 5.

Is this dude having fun?

1. Yes.
2. No.

Doesn't look like it, does it?

Question 3 of 5.

Why is this funny?

1. Because it's unexpected.
2. It's not funny. I didn't laugh at all.

It IS funny.

Question 4 of 5.

Is skiing fun?

1. Yes.
2. No.

If you think lying in hospital for 6 weeks with a broken leg is FUN then SURE.

I like being able to walk, thank you very much.

Question 5 of 5.

Can something or someone be FUN and FUNNY at the same time?

1. Yes.
2. No.

Normally when you are laughing you are having a good time. If you're on a date and the other person makes you laugh a lot, then they are funny and you are having fun.

The movie Ghostbusters (the real one, not the terrible remake) is funny. There are 8 or 9 times you will laugh. But when you're not laughing you are still having fun because it's a great movie with memorable characters.

If you are in a stressful situation, like a funeral or a tense business meeting then you probably aren't having fun. But something can happen that is funny.

Next question 1 of 5

All 5 questions completed!


Fun vs Funny Practice

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