There are a few things that I do consciously to "enhance funniness," besides writing in comic book font (and see, that's funny because there's no way that could really make a difference—so that's kind of the flip side—or the flippant side—of truth. 10) Political Humor- It's not necessarily that the others lack in meaning, but in a one-liner with a message the laughter is a side effect rather than the main objective. This is a well written article. Most of the things I write about are true happenings. I think this is partly because different people react differently. So, I figured I was joking. In either case it wouldn't accomplish much. I believe it comes more naturally to those of us who have never quite grown up. People are born with different senses of humor. My Four Commandments to Writing Funny 1. It may contain all of the correct information, but it is not sexy. Daddy spoke up and said, "call her Mammy." I think really funny people are just fabulous observers - they shut up now and then and see how strange and wonderful the world is and then it just comes out of them - my kids are like that! He was a fine fellow - old, wrinkled, and full of beans - even though he was as ill as a person can be and without a dollar in his pocket. By the way, it is great to see a humorous blog getting so much attention. Humor is what I like best. Read quality humor sites like McSweeney’s, The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts / Shouts & Murmurs, The Onion and Clickhole, The Hard Times, Slackjaw, and Points in … When people see (or hear about) others in pain, especially non-disabling pain, there are a set of reactions: One is "that was really stupid," but we know it's not nice to think that way so there is guilt (threat). Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on July 15, 2012: Oh this was a fun one to read and learn from. If they take it personally, then they can feel threatened or insulted even though it is not directed at them individualy. . If you’re always selling something, that same old pitch can get boring, so why not sex it up a bit?? You've done a fantastic job of nailing down a very subjective topic. Writing humor is tough, and it seems brevity is what people find funny today. I agree that tickling may not be a perfect analogy, but it served to show my feelings-- a purely personal view-- about the 'mechanics' of humor. I also got A LOT of constructive criticism from a generation or two above me that drug jokes completely turn them off. There are all kind of people out there some find tom and Jerry to be funny and some find BORAT or Ali G to be funny. The easiest way to be funny, even if you are not, is to give the opposite answer to yes/no questions. He, to me, is the master of wit! This … Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on March 20, 2009: There's the trick, getting it on paper. by Jan Hornung. What are good comedy writing techniques? glassvisage from Northern California on June 09, 2008: So much information about humorous writing! Avoid taking more than 1 or 2 sentences to make something “funny.”. In a sense, analyzing DOES scare the muse away. I guess that's why one of my favorite comedians is Stephen Wright. :P. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on May 05, 2009: Very cool, Maggie. I think Gilbert or Sullivan understood this . When we find out it was not meant to be harmful-- there is a sudden release from that confusion. Evilpants from Hell, MI on August 11, 2009: I have no idea how I missed this. how hard can that be?". As you can imagine, in my mind it quickly loses the element of surprise. If my editor hadn't asked, I probably never would have given it that much thought. I have been told I'm 'so funny', and I like to think I do have a great sense of humor. I had always thought that people had a humor gene or they did not. He does need to focus on his legs, he’s been skipping out 😂: I have laughed myself sick with their magazine and their books! I loved your book too. So try a little funny. Learned from your class - Humor 101! Hey there, I know your emails are frequently crude and funny, and I love them! Ricardo Nunes from Portugal on June 10, 2008: I had to bookmark this one. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on March 07, 2009: I am seriously happy about your post Bilrrrrrrr. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on September 01, 2009: Well, thanks Gus, I'm not sure it will make you rich, but laughter does a person good-- and that is a special kind of richness, I do believe. Ughh this dude is trying way to hard to be cool and funny, and it isn’t working :-/. For example, I’m a GenX Male transitioning into the 2nd half of life so referring Wow, a great hub from a very intelligent woman! It can feel like EVERYONE hates you. Analyzing humor, as E.B. .not the author. So, seeing that I personally don’t need 200 t-shirts, we’ve decided to pass his happy mistake on to you. Just let it flow-- I think you have the humor gene. Great information. Can't be taught. When I finish a humor column I often re-read or rewrite or it about fifteen times. Anyway, nice article. Ah well.. water under the bridge, right? Normal Person. I know this one, I know this one. Here’s some quick examples you can reference when showing people how to write funny. presented in such a fun way I love Tim Urban / Wait but Why’s humor, Ash Ambirge of TMFproject. Stand-up comedians write and perform jokes in front of an audience. Teacher Michelle, aka Ripplemaker, and I laugh about things like that at the office. When you do this repeatedly, your readers will become “addicted” to your articles. Solar panel for a sex machine, the newly formed cul-de-sac on my head, Avoid making elaborate analogies. THE GOOD NEWS: After pounding a few cans he just spent the past 12 hours going crazy on Photoshop and ended up designing a ton of new Hustle merch. And yes, I see how tickling can be mean-spirited. So, I … I know a very funny guy who frequently comes up with funny quips and comments, but he has a heck of a time remembering a funny joke he has heard-- seems like he always leaves something important out. I’ve had enough of these conversations to think this is. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on April 05, 2012: Andyes, thank you for your comment. Author Scott Dikkers will show you how to write jokes. To employ this technique, write two items that set up a straightforward pattern, then add a third element that derails the initial idea. Thanks Reese, looking forward to putting out more post for ya that are hella rykande het!! Give the opposite answer to yes/no questions. . You’re in the right place if you want to write comedy. I have found writing humor to be one of the most difficult tasks because of reworking and reworking a piece. Our teacher loved it and we got the highest score he had ever given for that assignment in all years of teaching. Shades and I were just talking yesterday about how truth is the author of humor. Hey Neville – great post! I hope to see more stuff that you put together for the world to read. Humor can be, too. Yeesh. These tips are not meant to equip you to write for late night television or snag a job on your favorite sit-com. You even made my son laugh with your additions to the canine attributes list and he is a tough audience to crack. Then he explained to me that, after they married, they were "good and rich." Now I know that there is a place in "blogs" for humor and light-hearted writing that will bring a smile to others when they read it. My entire family has a killer sense of humor. Stick to safe subjects. The unusual, exaggerated, incongruous, or unexpected thing is mildly threatening and uncomfortable. I do add a humor tag to my hubs, though. Yes, it is that simple. Thanks so much for your comments, HAYASHI Sora. Your screen name sounds so serious, I was delighted to read some of your hubs and find out how funny you are. Humor is a practically painless way to gain insight. Shakespeare's Feste is a perfect example in Twelfth Night. There’s only one way to make fun of something without offending anyone else, and that’s if you’re making fun of yourself. It is also often from someone we know and trust. This is a great way to expose the silly and absurd in human behaviour. He was very funny. I sometimes run my ideas by a certain friend, just to check. Build three-dimensional characters. . Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on March 15, 2011: Thanks for commenting. The end goal of our copy is to sell product, not to be funny! My Mom kinda laughed her way through Cancer of the Lymph nodes and we were right there with her laughing it up and cracking jokes with the medical staff. She no longer asks, "what are you thinking?" Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 09, 2012: The discussion in your hub about assault, defense, and tickling struck home as I recalled being tickled by certain of my older male relatives when I was a kid. I will send the top three commenters a whoopi cushion 😛. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on May 30, 2011: I LOVE that you came to read this, ahostagesituation. I find that really unbelievable, as sometimes my jokes will only have people shaking their heads in embarrassment, and at other times I have actually had a couple of people rolling around on the floor in laughter and one or two even pulling out inhalers to keep themselves breathing! Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on September 11, 2011: Thanks for reading, Ashutosh. etc.. on and on and on about canine attributes. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on September 05, 2008: Yes, humor usually is an uncomfortable truth to at least some degree. How To Write a Short Story, Get Published & Make Money. Your article was a beauty, and I enjoyed learning from it. I tried taking a systematic approach and analyzing humor grammatically. For example, it is impossible to feel threatened when watching a comedy sitcom on TV, a comedy movie, a series of comedy sketches, or a joke book. After reading some of his work, I said to myself, "Myself, you could do this. I promise to watch 'The Stooges' and least once a month and to view four Seinfelds per week. Consistently being funny is also something that brings a framework to be ready to laugh. Sometimes it helps us break out of a set way of thinking, and sometimes it just lightens our mood-- which might be the same thing, come to think of it. But I believe that humor and what is funny comes from the way we see things; our perspective on life. Use humor that doesn't rely on coarse language or profanity to make its point. If they did not, why would there be horror movies and roller coasters? The traditional sterotypical image of a court jester in Medieval times is often a small, sometimes deformed, and weak appearing person. The level of 'threat' may be different for different people, but I still think it is still there, even if barely perceptible. Clive Fagan from South Africa on September 06, 2008: I appreciate you balancing the scales so well with good examples. A tickle, I maintain. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on September 25, 2010: The best part is, everyone sees things from a slightly different viewpoint. This is an awesome post, Neville. (Please submit this to the department of redundancy department.). Thanks for the comments. That was a very level-headed and constructive criticism I got many years ago, and and took it to heart. "funny" like "beauty" is in the eye of the beholder . Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on December 26, 2008: I agree, Saa-- But if I am the only one who thinks something is funny, is it really humor? It goes against the theory of relativity and the space/time continuum. Then he told me that he fell in love with a gal and they married. AppSumo livened it up by making a pun out of the song “Turn Down For What!” Hilarious! This is partly because of the uncertainty it causes. Her name was "Rich." This means we can slap in some sweet zingers. Oooh, Ooooh! Completely agree with your point on not setting up a joke…adds unwanted fluff to the copy and get’s readers away from the goal of the eDM. Expaining the basic objective facts of either is not usually sexy or funnny. It contains lots of very detailed information about my experiences of writing funny … The Rule of Three is a popular humor writing technique based on the setup and punchline formula comedians use to create jokes. A humor essay isn’t a long uninterrupted stream of jokes. When we are surprised, when our beliefs are countered, when we are told we are wrong about something, or when our ways of thinking are challenged, there is an element of threat. Actually I must credit him with my original decision to try "columning " in the same publication. Thanks for the tips. Thums up ;). Thanks for making me laugh ,Neville! The article seems like it genuinely wants to scam people, but inserts humor through the over-the-top images and advice. Whether you choose to decorate their commentary with interesting colloquialisms or biting wit, humor can add another layer of complexity to your narrator. Until then I had never thought of humor as being something that is taught. Speaking of truth,—which I was, somewhere along the way—let me give another example: Some time back someone sent me an internet item that said something like "You are almost as good as your dog if you can..." then it had a list of things like: I knew my friend who volunteers at the animal shelter, would appreciate this, so I sent it to her. If a stand up comedian ridicules a person in the audience, that person does not usually laugh. OK, maybe a little irony or or a gentle gibe, but nothing corrosive enough to harm the environment. However, she was The Editor and had the final say. Rochelle Frank (author) from California Gold Country on November 13, 2008: Thank you RGraf-- I sometimes wish I could write more deep meaningful things-- but I DO think humor is important. I just today put the first three of many Hubs online that are ostensibly cooking recipes, but it was impossible for me to not combine them with some funny tales as well. I don’t particularly care if a joke is a little offensive, but I DO care if the joke isn’t funny at all! I need more coffee. 2012 = Year of the Dove Trial-Sized Chocolate Bar But when you’re sending out to a massive number of people, it might only mean 0.1% of people are actually upset. To this day, even if we haven't spoken for a while, he'll give me a call, and the witty comments come flying my way. Great work! Thanks for sharing. Did you know we can take a look at the copy on your website and suggest changes for you that can increase conversions? I have no credentials in psychology or even humorology to back up my theories. Well-done sir. Avoid making elaborate analogies. Her funny observations have continued in print and online. I wrote a hub about the recent heat wave which caught me by surprise-it was so hot I simply had to laugh. "I don't know how to put these up," she said "I have dioramas." The secretary advised her to take Pepto-bismol. It allows one to express things he or she otherwise couldn't. Neither should be allowed into the wrong hands. You must know what you're doing :). It's still there-- just dig. Some see that side of me, although some don't. whichever one did the words. Finally, I have found that humor is something you have to work at. Something seems logical about it, but it's not). I don't know where I would be if I could not laugh at life and not take things so seriously. Well, there's a lot more to it, but when writing, simple seems to work. Re-imagine things as being totally ridiculous. You could tell that he was lamenting his present circumstances, and so I had trepidations about laughing at his little story. ….but we don’t want THE WHOLE THING to be one big laugh factory. It may be correct, but it is not, in itself, funny. Well, there's a lot more to it, but when writing, simple seems to work. Humans like things to be comfortable, controllable, and predictable. Lucille Apcar from Mariposa, California, U.S.A. on June 13, 2012: Just as I love good music of all genres,I lso enjoy poking a little fun at people especially those inclined to be a little pompous. Times were changing and it was no longer cool to use something like that as an insult. There are even moments when you can say I'm 'witty'. Selling or educating is our #1 priority, being funny is just a bonus! I hope you understand. Again...great piece of writing..was a pleasure to read! That is not an authoritative explanation, but it is MY explanation. Discover the techniques professional comedy writers use to write consistently funny material. Anti-aging cream does it for me because it doesn't make sense that you should be able to rub a substance on your skin and it stops you from getting older. I thanked him for his encouragement and assured him I will try harder next time. At that time, everyone (almost) was very poor, but as I recall, people smiled a whole lot more then compared to today. Surprise is important. I've been researching the web for my research on this subject. A lot of humor is involved in the delivery...rather verbally or literally...and while I think people can pick up certain characteristics in this regard...to teach it is another story. How to Write Funny (Even in the Middle of an Apocalypse) It’s not enough to write funny just for the sake of writing funny. 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