How to Write Funny
October 15, 2020
Theresa Julian wrote The Joke Machine. It is a book about how to write jokes. Here are three of her tips and some examples. Study them. Then write a few jokes of your own.
Surprise your audience. All jokes are based on surprise.
My basketball team is good at dunking. Until we run out of cookies.
I was shopping for a new toilet but couldn’t decide if I wanted to buy it. I figured I needed to sleep on it.
Compare things that don’t belong together.
This Black Forest cake is awful. It tastes like there are chunks of actual forest in it.
I was really scared on the roller coaster—and trust me, I don’t scare easily. I’ve eaten the beans in the school cafeteria.
Create Puns by playing with words. Play with double meanings, similar sounds, and spellings.
What do you call a number that can’t keep still? A roamin’ numeral.
What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta.