hello i just read your tips for comedy writing and it left me with a question. i notice a lot of times i can't come up with anything at all which i believe is a creative block. this is especially true when it comes to surreal comedy which i really enjoy. would you happen to have any tips in that regard? thank you
fucking do it anyway, youre going to hate what you write but youre gonna be stuck in hating what you write until you get that out of your system so push through it and then start over or edit if you need to, but who knows, sometimes that forced stuff actually works for you!!
subsection of the above i hate most of what i write when i first write it almost always and only end up liking it later
force yourself to do something you enjoy that inspires you or like i guess like that you enjoy and more that gets you in a writing mood for me its like going out talking to people in person going to a cafe drinking a lot of coffee until i feel anxious getting drunk getting really depressed about old memories until i need to get out of my system stomping around my apartment cooking watching a good movie having a bad date looking at weird pornography etc etc, find what gets your brain going and channel that
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Do you have any tips for joke writing? I feel like I can come up with really good set ups or punchlines by themselves, but I can't seem to complete the whole thought. Thank you in advanced.
Practice, endlessly, all the time. Write jokes nonstop. You’re going to be really terrible for a while most likely, or at least really clumsy. Here’s something I wrote in 2008 as a college freshman. And this was like after already spending a few years writing comedy for fun in high school, a bit of that is obviously just flat out immaturity but a lot of it was I just didn’t really know how to write as well. Something I learned a lot from working as an editor later on this paper was that a lot of funny people start off terrible and just need to be persistent until they learn how to construct a joke reflexively and easily. Having good concepts or punchlines or set ups is a good place to start, now you just gotta keep trying at it until you figure out how to make it all click.
For me, practice came in working on a comedy paper, so I had to write nonstop. It also came in having a Tumblr and an on/off Twitter account since fucking 2009 so I had a place to experiment with comedy and see what worked for me and what worked for other people (there is a difference— don’t try to ape your most successful and popular jokes because honestly that’s a how a lotta people end up going stale).
Accept that not every joke you write is gonna be shit and in fact a lot of them are going to be. When you’re producing stuff or a larger audience, you’re gonna have the chance to edit it out to just the good material. Until then, keep making stuff and pulling out what makes you laugh like, days, weeks, months later.
Talk to other funny people and share material. SO MUCH of my good stuff has come out of talking with other funny people and bouncing ideas and bits off of each other, or just going off something that came up in our conversation, or repurposing a really funny thing I said in response to something. A lot of good comedy is formed as being reactive IMO.
Read everything you can about comedy. Read everything that is funny even stuff that isn’t actually funny but is supposed to be— did you know a lot of my first understandings of comedy came from terrible newspaper comics & even fucking Family Circus? Because they still are trying to construct jokes and shit in that. It’s a good place to start to figure out just HOW to tell jokes. Think about it constantly, and talk to others about it constantly.
Always alway always experiment and mix things up. Push yourself to try new styles, tones, deliveries, mediums, subjects. I never ever stick to any one “type” of comedy for long because I know I’ll start to get lazy if I do, and if I catch myself falling into any sort of habit, I force myself to go without it for a while. Comedy has to be constantly evolving and changing to be good.
Take comedy seriously. Comedy is honestly really hard work and takes a lot of effort and thought— even the super effortless stuff comes from basically overthinking everything. You’d be surprised how much time I’ve spent editing and slaving over getting the wording and phrasing of a stupid one-liner exactly right, which is also partially why talking to funny people helps because it makes it a lot easier to get immediate feedback and internalize / speed up that editorial process. This isn’t some like shlocky Patton Oswalt “wah wah respect the funny man” thing, but a lot of bad comedy comes from people who think because stuff is a “joke” that it can’t be taken serious, which usually belies really lazy approaches to comedy. Comedy is all about knowing exactly how to deliver something.
Listen to criticism. You don’t have to follow it, but listen to it.
When you’re starting out, don’t be ashamed to ape other styles as long as you’re willing to admit that you’re taking a lot of influence. A lot of how I developed my sense of humor was by taking heavy notes from people I thought were funny and figuring out why I thought they were funny. That doesn’t mean parrot it— like, don’t do the thing people do of jus repeating the same jokes and bits and changing it slightly or repeating the same “key words” ya know? Like really pay attention to HOW the joke is told and build from that.
That said, once you’re getting comfortable about it, try to implement as much of yourself in your comedy as possible. I usually suggest that unless you’re doing a style parody, write in a way that best conveys how you actually talk. Make comedy personal. Talk about personal shit in a funny. Talk about informal shit in a funny. Talk shit.
As for style mock-ups, I think where comedy is at right now is that you gotta like, take from the mass culture around you and twist it. Huge influences for me have been like, corporate culture and low budget television and “low culture” and bad newspaper comics because that’s what I grew up with and that’s very recognizable and I think that’s a huge part of my personal sense of humor is like, highlighting and decontextualizing instantly recognizable things ya know.
Idunno there’s probably more but it also depends a lot on what you wanna do with regards to comedy writing because there’s so many different approaches to it and the basic gist of getting good is just like, overthink fucking everything and consume as much as you can and just force yourself to grow and change
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