What is a joke-writing?
A Joke writing means something to write or said to make you laugh. A joke is a piece of mental sleight of hand. It is a journey of the mind to takes you from one path to another path. It is a narrational discontinuity. A joke entertains us for some reason.
The most important thing about a joke is a punch line. If you write a punch line clearly which can get a person laugh.
Types Of Jokes Writing :
There are three main types of Joke Writing:
1. Joke writing with just a punch line:
No prelude just straight punch lines. To start off make a note of recent events or famous relatable events that you will use for creating a connection.
For Example, Mr X got arrested and got bail very quickly while in America. Now thing a correlation that makes it funny. Here the main focus is the speed at which he got bail. Think of things that happen quickly. So a punch line could be like “ Maggi is changing its 2-minute noodle tag to ‘quicker than Mr X bail”. Well, it’s a start and presently is not very funny. So think of what else can you do to make it funnier. Keep thinking. See if you can pun on any of the words like Mr X or Bail. Let me take a crack on the word ‘Bail’.
2. Observational references which lead to punch lines:
Here there is no story but the details of certain observations. Something like an experience of travelling on a bus or different ways people take revenge when they are upset etc.
Let me take an example of different ways people take revenge- Here there can be various ways :
The Karina way – Will keep threatening you but will eventually do nothing.
The Mr Y way – Will make a fool of themselves and embarrass you
Mr Away – Will take your wallet and hide in America.
3. Jokes were a Story or Or an Incident leads to a punch line :
Describe a story or an incident which in itself has an element of humour. Like the situation or the course of events is very funny. For example, I have a short incident where I was shy to ask a lady out and therefore send my cousin to pre-check with her before I ask her out. Eventually, my cousin starts dating her instead. Now to add a punch line in this story let me use the same Mr X bail reference.
Here goes “ I liked a girl but I was not sure if she is interested in me or not. One day she was sitting in the college cafe all alone. So I sent my cousin to kind of pre-check if she is interested in me or not while I have waited outside the cafe. My cousin came out so fast that I almost thought he was Mr X. Then my cousin showed me 100 rupees that he borrowed from her and I was convinced he is Mr X ….” So I take a double crack on Mr X – on the bail and on his ability to take loans. As the story continues, more such references can be linked to create punch lines.
How to Write A Joke?
There are many other things to write and create which can enhance the humour further. Things like adding imaginary situations, voice modulations, accents, mimicry, and physical actions, sounds etc.
To write a joke First think of and list any things that you have experienced which might be interesting. Just list as much as you can, without getting worries if those are funny. Examples as the first time you did something, an incident where you had a particular success or failure, a blind date, a collegiate incident, your job. Just give yourself lots of possibilities.
Next do the same thing with items on which you have strong experience or opinions such as a pet peeve, an idea for a business, government policy, your reaction to a politician, and so on. 80% of comedy material falls into 3 categories which I have discussed above. Always try to write a joke which makes you funny or which you have experienced. Write at least a paragraph each day to keep momentum, even if you will spend only 5 minutes. Next, you have to pick out a few of the most promising items. You can combine ideas from different paragraphs and even combine narrative with commentary.
Once you have written a few items that would be interesting share it’s on Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp or all social media, time to add(more) humour. There are a number of comedy devises that can be used to add humour to things you write. I think social media is a good medium for jokes that’s you write and share.
Always remember that a joke is an Imagination. When you are telling a joke that means you are creating an image in the listener’s mind. If that image is funny too that person, then he will laugh – and you have a good joke.
How Do I Practice Writing Jokes?
You should memorize your jokes/lines stories. You have learned to “read your audience” and use the material that appeals to that particular social segment.
Here a step that can be worked for you. You can look up different types of jokes and try to create a joke from that format from the example. There are many types to choose from here is just one type I like it is absurdities. They are from a kind of farce where you extrapolate things to their extremes.
Delivery is the key for laughs. There’s an old saying, “the public is an idiot”. There is much truth to that. Most audiences aren’t members of the Mensa society. Tailor your material to the LCD (Lowest Common Denominator) of the audience.
Reasons for a good burst of laughter
- Funny conversation with family, Relatives and friends
- Witty Jokes
- Describing funny stories from past
- Funny conversations with students which my Academic Counsellors tell me just to give me a good laugh.
Don’t Laugh at this time :
- Anyone’s Physical or Mental Disability
- Torturing an Animal.
- Bullying and Ragging
- When anyone tickles me. The reflex action is a big punch; not a laugh.
How Do you Write a Great Stand Up Joke?
About 70% of comedy material involves either the commentary form or the narrative form. For commentary think in terms of pet peeves, curious conventions or behaviours that are common, political opinions, etc.
Steps 1 :
List a large number of these. Don’t think of only the ones that are funny, just make a long list. Go over the list leisurely and pick items that strike your fancy. Some of them will be ones you have commented on social situations but don’t restrict yourself to these.
Steps 2 :
The second rule of comedy when you are starting out is to write what you know, talk about the important people in your life. about your life experiences, about things that mean the most to you. Put about five minutes of material on your computer. Don’t worry about how funny it is at this point.
Steps 3 :
Always have a notebook with you (or know how to use the voice recorder on your phone). When you think of something that might be funny, write it down.
Step 4 :
When you sit down to write, pull out all those random words, phrases and ideas and start building jokes. You know the set-up, punchline and maybe a tag if you’re on a roll.
A guy asked a girl sitting alone at the library, “do you mind if I sit beside you?”
The girl answered with a loud voice, “NO! I DON’T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU!”
All the students in the library started staring at the guy and he was embarrassed.
After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the guy’s table and said, “I study psychology and I know what a man is thinking. I guess you felt a little embarrassed, right?”
The guy responded with a loud voice, “WHAT?! 200 DOLLARS JUST FOR ONE NIGHT?! THAT’S TOO MUCH!”
Now all the people in the library looked at the girl in shock. The guy whispered in her ears, “I study law and I know how to make others feel guilty.”
A little boy goes to his dad and asks, “What is politics?”
Dad says, “Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I earn the money in this family, so let’s call me the capitalist. Your mom says what we spend the money on, we’ll call her the government. Both of us are here to take care of your needs, so we’ll call you the people. Our nanny is representative of the working class. And your baby brother, we’ll call him the future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense.”
So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what dad had said.
Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parents’ room and finds his mother sound asleep and his father missing. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room, but there he sees the father in bed with the nanny and he can’t get their attention. He gives up and goes back to bed. The next morning, the little boy says to his father, “Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now.”
The father says, “Good, then tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.”
The little boy replies, “Well, capitalists are screwing the working class while the government is sound asleep. Meanwhile, the people are being ignored and the future is in deep shit.”
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