The Serious Business of Humor

By CBramkamp creative writing Comments Off on The Serious Business of Humor

“Well I thought it was funny”
~ Stephen Corbert

You all ready know how fraught with danger the average joke is. The inability to tell a joke is a cliché in of itself. Did you hear the one about? It brings to mind the stereotype sales person, over dressed, over excited, and filled with exclamation points, trying too hard. Just stop trying too hard.

I was the first woman to burn my bra —
it took the fire department four days to put it out
~ Dolly Parton

If you are funny, it will just come out. If you work at it, you will turn off the very people you wish to impress. The best approach to humor in the spoken language is to tell a funny story, something amusing that happened to you or a close personal friend. But writing something humorous is actually something we are not often called to do. And that is a relief, since in writing you do not have facial expressions, gestures and the encouragement of the audience to help you with your story.
That’s why it’s difficult to write something funny.
To find out how to be funny, check in on Friday

For more information: check out the book Don’t Write Like You Talk

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