Why'd the guitarist cross the park? To get to the other slide!
One day a rope walked into a bar. He moseyed on up to the bar and took a seat.
"Bartender, I'd like a drink."
"I'm sorry sir, but we don't serve rope at this here bar."
The rope slid off his chair and slithered right back out of the bar.
He turned the corner and tied himself in a bow, scraping up his ends in the process, then marched right back into the bar.
He sidled on up to the bar and and took that seat."
"Bartender, I'd like a drink."
Irritated now, the bartender replies, "I'm sorry, sir, but aren't you that string I just talked to a couple minutes ago?"
"Why no, sir, I'm a frayed knot!"
(a frayed knot = afraid not ... get it??)
Q: What's the difference between ignorance and apathy?
A: I don't know ... and I don't care.
I wrote one of these and borrowed the others. Can you tell which is which? Mine is definitely the most amateur of the three, in my opinion, but if you are tricked I am honored!
Writing a joke is really hard stuff. I applaud comedic writers and stand-up comedians. Subtle humor sprinkled into a story is a little easier, but a joke is like linguistic slap-stick. It's all about the timing and connection to the audience, and introducing unexpected twists.
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I googled "how to write a joke" in preparing for this post and discovered there are as many techniques as there are comedians. Probably more, since a few tutorials didn't look very funny. ;) There were, however, a few rules of thumb that popped up across stand up sites.
- Pick a topic.
- Write everything funny you could possibly say about that topic to brainstorm.
- When you start writing the joke, keep it as short as possible. Set up your story in the first two lines.
- Expose truth: what is weird, scary, stupid or hard about a topic? (from Kelly Swanson)
- Make the punchline a surprise.
- Don't try to hard to be funny in the set up. Keep the humor for the punchline.
- When starting out, use tried and true techniques such as blonde jokes, "difference between" jokes, knock knock jokes, chickens who cross roads, three people walk into a bar jokes, crossing unrelated objects, etc.
- Accept that it will need a lot of tweaking to get it right.
Got it? Ok, let's get writercizing!
writercize: Tell me a joke (or two or three). Please be original.
Extra bonus happy dance points if I laugh out loud!
Good luck! Leave your writercize as a comment, and be sure to leave your URL so I can come visit you!
Click "read more" for a writercizer sample response ... and to reveal the joke above that is indeed a writercize original.writercizer sample response:
What do you get when you cross a writer with an athlete?
(Hmmmm ... I'll try again.)
Why did the blonde play hide and don't seek with her barbels?
Because the doctor told her she needed to lose 20 pounds.
(Ok ... one more try. This stuff is going to take some serious practice!)
Owl, is that you? I was looking for Piglet! (says Pooh)
(And a final attempt ...)
What did the Mama camera say to her kindergartner?
(PS - My joke at the beginning of the post was the guitarist in the park. Perhaps I should have just stopped there! I hope in real life my humor comes across a little more naturally! Ah well, it is good to challenge oneself and try new things!)