We are going to cover some comedy basics using the list below. *Take note, there is overlap and this list as well previous posts that use the element of the unexpected to create humor. This list is by no means extensive. Below are a few different kinds of humor that work for me in my writing scenes and character dialogue.
In previous posts we have talked about witty/clever humor with word play and how to use the expected and unexpected. Three styles of humor we haven’t discussed (but often include elements of the unexpected) are:
This is where one makes fun of oneself or cracks a joke and his/her own expense.
“I look really good in this light.”
“What are you talking about? It’s dark and I can’t see you.”
Television and movies often use violence or grossology to make us laugh. This is the kind of humor that makes you feel guilty or uncomfortable as you are laughing. Examples of this might be when someone tells a story about someone who got hurt, fart jokes or body humor.
This could be saying something mean to put someone else down. Often sarcasm falls under this.
Sarcasm: Saying one thing but meaning the opposite to be funny or make fun of something or someone.
Sarcasm Example: Really? I’m short, I had no idea. Or: No, I would never do that.
Other Mean Examples: “Hey is for horses—and pigs like you.” Or “Is that your head or did your shoulders vomit?” Or “I’m happy. Don’t wreck it by talking, ” Yo Mama jokes, Condescending Fox, Happy Bunny, Steven Colbert, republicans who make fun of democrats, liberals who make fun of conservatives, etc.
Mean Exercise: You can practice this one on Facebook later.
The key is to find what works for you. If you know you are good at sarcasm, practice this and put it in your humor. If you enjoy it but it doesn’t come natural, consider studying the mysterious and bizarre habits of teenagers.