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eagleburger's Guide to Objective Comedy & Drive-Thru
10-17-2016, 01:42 PM
Post: #1
eagleburger's Guide to Objective Comedy & Drive-Thru
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Concept
With the overwhelming inflow of content from #TIBA, I thought it may be prudent to create a resource for newcomers to better understand comedy. While this is not necessarily a comprehensive guide on "How to Abridge" or even "How to be Funny", it should help to at least give a basic understanding of comedic principles that tend to work.

Initially, I was going to do this all in one post, but I think it's good to spread these out over time and tackle one idea per post.

Feel free to add your own insights, but please limit the discussion to the most recent concept. I am a vengeful god. I will delete posts that I feel are too tangential.

Apart from that, feel free to offer your thoughts! Always willing to learn!

#1 Combo: Variety
This is consistently an issue with a lot of the entries so far in #TIBA - at least in my opinion. Comedy needs variety to play well. You can make dick jokes for 10 minutes - believe me, you can - but after a while, it's going to be tiring to your audience.

Having only one style of humour is disastrous for pacing. Audiences will acclimate to your joke structures and in all likelihood begin predicting your punchlines. This isn't an excuse to become completely random as that is a lack of comedic variety in its own right.

Variety sells you as a competent comedian. Think of it as a singer showcasing their range. People will buy into your writing if they have full trust in your comedic sensibilities. Granted, we are all amateur writers in this community and we almost certainly write some styles better than others. Some jokes are bound to fall flat. However, by delving into new areas and expanding your ideas, you will no doubt improve.

A variety of jokes play well as you'll consistently be able to play against type. Structurally, you'll be able to alter the pacing of your episode by the way you place these jokes and use them to set of others.

Homework for your next parody
Go back through your script and see how many of the following you have in your final draft. Try to have at least 3.

- A visual gag
- A one-liner
- Set-up/Punchline
- Banter
- An in-character joke
- A recurring joke
- A 3 parter

If you need examples of these, don't hesitate to ask below!

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10-17-2016, 07:16 PM
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RE: eagleburger's Guide to Objective Comedy & Drive-Thru
Here's a tutorial on humor by Scott Adams.

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10-18-2016, 04:47 PM
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RE: eagleburger's Guide to Objective Comedy & Drive-Thru
For further reading, my thread on comedy styles.

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11-04-2016, 09:06 PM
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RE: eagleburger's Guide to Objective Comedy & Drive-Thru
Eagle, what's a 3-parter?

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