Yes that’s the name of my first
humor writing book (Finding the Funny Fast), and it’s also the prominent words in a couple of my keynotes (Finding the Funny in Change and Finding the Funny in Communications). But today I want to talk about finding the funny in the obvious.
How it’s sometimes hard to find out where the punchline is in a joke. I’ve written jokes in which I realized that people were laughing half-way through, during the set-up. This causes me to say the joke slower and pause for the new punchline. But while writing for a client this week, I was reminded of how we need to pay attention to everything we write, and stop focusing solely on what we THINK is the joke.
I wrote some jokes
And then sent the client an email. In my email I just joked around about something, and it turns out she liked the joke in the email and bought it. I didn’t focus at all on this joke – no sweating or rewriting or wondering if it was funny. All I did was be myself and goof around when sending her the email, and that is how I found the joke.. . and made some extra cash!
So when writing jokes, look at all
Of the things you’re writing about. . . don’t focus too much on trying to be funny; instead I just was funny and it worked. Years ago, when I was struggling to put together my humor keynotes, a colleague told me not to worry about trying to be funny. Since I’m a comedian, it will just happen organically and as he said “you can’t help but be funny”. . . and it worked.
So this week’s joke writing advice is to just “be” . . .not worry about “doing.”