Writing Comedy - Part 2
Writing comedy one-liners
Comedy comes from how many basic places? Situation, characters, and expectations.
One-line comedy comes from the same stuff. You can use one-line comedy to beef up a scene, or use it for stand up.
One-line comedy is the same funny stuff as situation comedy, but condensed into one line. You either develop it out of the situation in the scene, or you develop it from external sources, like the news. In the news, you find characters and situations. And you have the opportunity to defy expectations.
The news is a rich source for comedy:
Example: Why did President Clinton like the woman in the red dress? Why not?
A simple way to begin comedy is to write the top ten reasons why.... Make sure the answers are always unexpected - surprise!
Example - Male/female relations are always great for humor. So, create the top ten reasons why women talk more than men. Situation: Women talk more than men. Characters: Women and men. Expectation to defy or twist: That there is a simple genetic reason.
From these reasons, select the top three, and then refine them. They become part of your act. The remainder can potentially be worked in as fodder as you weave these things into a story to tell about you and your significant other or dates. Each of the items you pick can be expanded into a story, and then the line used as the punch line.
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I often use a similar technique to the one described by this expert: Jerry Writes 15 Jokes in 30 minutes.
- Dorian Scott Cole
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