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Some rules of joke writing

There are no simple rules in comedy writing. If there were there would already be an iPhone app that cranked out award winning sitcom scripts and whole Michael McIntyre Comedy Roadshows. There are no simple rules, but there are things that have proved to help make scripts better and jokes funnier. Here a few I […]

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Joke writing technique: Comic Irony

This is where what is said is clearly in conflict with either the context or something else that is said. That gap between what is said and what the obvious truth is, is then (if we joke writers and tellers do our job right) filled with laughter. For example: (told by a man) “I’m a […]

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Joke writing – The rule of three

There are no simple rules for joke writing.  (The only hard and fast rule I’ve found is  “be funny” – and that’s not simple). But there are useful patterns and techniques used by other people trying to write funny.  I’ve been keeping notes of the patterns I come across and thought I’d share some of […]

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Writing comedy sketches for News Revue: A few tips.

The News Revue is a (record-breaking) topical comedy stage show which has been running in the Canal Cafe Theatre for the last 33 years. (I’ve already written a post about it here.) It’s (almost) always on and always topical and so it demands huge quantities of fresh, funny material. That makes it a great market […]

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Comedy sketch types: Pullback and reveal

This is the first in my irregular series of posts on types of comedy sketches. First up, the pullback and reveal. We see a man unpacking his angling gear out his fishing rod. The camera pans out to show us that he’s about to cast his line into a fishtank in a restaurant. That there […]

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Refining my comedy sketch writing technique

The process of writing for Newsjack has made me reflect on my sketch writing technique. Up until now I have relied on bumbling about until an idea occurs to me for a comedy sketch, writing it, editing it manically through Sunday night and submitting on Monday morning. But I’m not sure this is the most productive […]

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Red Planet prize co-founder Danny Stack on “Irony of Character”

Nice short article over here from Danny Stack talking about “Irony of character”. This is, at it’s simplest, having some trait of the character in conflict with the situation they are in. Danny gives the example of Life on Mars, politically correct 21st century cop finds himself in un-PC 1970s. This also happens in sitcoms, […]

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