By Marc Blake
Imagine you are humorous? Writing winning comedy is not only approximately having a present for gags; you want to hone your expertise and varnish your humour toearn a dwelling from making humans giggle. with a view to write stand-up comedy, sketches, sitcoms or perhaps a comedian novel or movie, easy methods to be a Comedy author tells you all you want to understand and extra concerning the enterprise, the constitution of jokes and the nuts and bolts of a craft that may be learnt.
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Put a slash after each punchline. Are these regular or does the comic go for a whole paragraph before the joke? Are there jokes within the jokes? Where - 36 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside36 36 01/08/2005 14:24:22 STAND-UP the audience laughs make a note. Is it a gag or a piece of audience participation? Try to see exactly where the jokes come. Do you notice a rhythm? It will probably lose a lot of the magic for you, but that’s good because you are seeing the material through the comedian’s eyes.
At the same time, concepts like intolerance, avarice or ‘the culture of spin’ are too nebulous to pinpoint with ease. It’s easier to name names. If you’re writing topical material, the public figures are obvious, but what about when you are dealing with people who have stupid ringtones? Who are they? Rich people? Chavs? Kids? Or is this the latest sad addition to the repertoire of the office joker? Whenever you come up with an idea for a joke, you must first define your target. Maybe your humour is self-deprecating?
Promoters and audiences always recognise excellent material. Remember: Random gags are fine but all must be of outstanding quality. You must have a strong opener and closer. Build towards intimacy. Scatological jokes should be done after people have finished eating. Allow for peaks and troughs. The encore should be in the set. - 62 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside62 62 01/08/2005 14:24:27 STAND-UP The open mike All comedy writers ought to attend an open mike night. These are evenings devoted to new talent, performed in five- or ten-minute chunks by performers new to the business.
How to Be a Comedy Writer by Marc Blake