From time to time, I do a search online for topics or subjects that may be of interest to comedians.
I did that for the term “joke writing techniques” and here are some things I found based on the information provided in a few of the top search engine listings on Google:
One of the things I found that I agree with is that mechanisms or processes that generate laughter are the same in a stand-up comedy act or when laughter is generated during a speech or presentation.
I also agree that the audience needs to be able to understand what you are talking about in your comedy material. Otherwise, they won’t get the “joke” when the punchline is delivered.
Where I have issues with information provided about joke writing techniques is when it is academically factual, yet actually has no usable value. Read the rest of this entry »