20 Comedy Dos And Don’ts From Movie And TV Greats

20 Comedy Dos And Don’ts From Movie And TV Greats

Writing comedy is an art form. And a science. And has recipes, like cooking. Okay, it’s a lot of things while being its own thing, too. There are several ways to do it right and millions of ways to do it correctly. Every one of us reading this, whether you’re just a lover of comedy or a budding participant in its creation, has at one point wanted to ask our favorite film and television funny people this question: How do you write your jokes?

Many reporters have asked this question and have gotten a ton of answers. After all, it’s hard to get funny people to shut up about anything at all, much less getting them to shut up about “the craft.” But if you get past the vanity aspect of funny people talking about how being funny works even though the concept of funny is 99.999999% subjective, you can find some tips that you might be able to apply for your next set of jokes for an open mic, a draft of a script, a short story, or that one PowerPoint presentation you have to do at work even though you’re not management (and never want to be management).

Here are some joke-writing tips from some of the most prominent pros that have written and performed on TV or film.

Gary Gulman

Comedy-Writing Advice Mine your obsessions. Gary Gulman, finalist on Last Comic Standing Writing from your vast knowledge of an atypical subject or hobby you enjoy can provide some original compelling material that makes you unique. Anyone can write about dating, but only a few could do a tight five on geocaching. CRACKED.COM


Mel Brooks

Comedy-Writing Advice There were plenty, plenty of jokes I should have just exploded with and said, 'maybe that's a bit too much for the kids' or whatever. Mel Brooks, director/writer of Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc. The jokes you don't tell could haunt you. You never know if something is bad until you try it. CRACKED.COM


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