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The Kidnapping.

Writing comedy is a very strange thing, I find.

There's an old saying that being funny is the hardest thing to do, and it is probably true. I suspect it's because being funny relies so heavily on the mood of your audience--you can twist mid story, be self deprecating, or just ride the good vibe of the people before you. When it's just you and the blank screen, however, there's a lot less 'moment' to guide you through your routine.

Below is a Woody Allen joke about being kidnapped. I know a lot of people don't like Allen, but I've always found him a funny sort, and I reckon you can learn a lot by listening to how he structures his gags.



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artbroken
Nov. 5th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Have you read any of Allen's comedic essays/stories? They're kinda like that, but longer, funnier and with less laughter drowning out the good bits.
benpeek
Nov. 5th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
yeah, i've read a few here and there. for some reason i never went and picked up any of the books, tho--they worth it, you reckon?
artbroken
Nov. 5th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hell yeah. There's a collected edition of all three that should still be in print and/or readily available secondhand.
norilana
Nov. 5th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
I like it!

And, considering that I am deep in the throes of writing comedy right now -- Mansfield Park and Mummies -- this is very handy. Thanks for posting! :-)
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