Using the Question WHO

I’ve talked about

. .  asking questions to come up with great punch lines. And one of those questions is WHO? Who would do this? Who does this remind you of? Who else should be here, who who who!

 If you’re trying to make a joke

about a cold room for example, ask WHO is cold? You’ll come up with all sorts of creative answers, such as. . .my ex-spouse, my mother-in-law, Hilary Clinton . . .which might lead you to. . .this room is colder than the Clinton bedroom or this room is almost as cold as my ex-spouse. The same for if the room is hot (the sun, J-Lo,), or the ceilings are high (Paula Abdule, Ozzy Osbourne). You can take any element in the environment and ask WHO to get to the funny. The more extreme you can get, the funnier it’ll be.

 Why you ask?

Because, as I pointed out in an earlier post, giving human traits to things is, well, just funny. Matching the coldness in the room to Hiliary Clinton. . .just HILlarious . . get it. Okay, we’ll talk about puns later.

For the moment,

make sure you’re asking WHO when you’re trying to come up with a great joke punch line.

 Jan

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The Moral of the Story is. . .

So you want to come up

with a killer punch line for your joke? Ask the question – “what is the moral of this story” and/or use the starter phrase. . . “in other words.” As I’ve mentioned before, what you’re trying to do with humor is to say something without saying it. So if you look at the joke punch line as something you’re trying to wrap up the joke by saying it another way. You don’t have to actually say “this is the moral of the story,” just think of it that way to get to the funny.

For example,

in my joke about gifts for my dad, I say “I can’t believe my dad survived us growing because every gift we gave him was deadly. We gave him cigars, razors, ashtrays; we even gave him a radar detector. Hey dad, smoke, drink, drive fast, we love you!”  I used the “in other words/moral of the story” idea to come up with. . . in other words. . . “smoke, drink, drive fast, we love you!”

 Sooooo,

the moral of the story in joke writing is to ask these questions to come up with the funny! In other words. . be funnier by asking these questions. Okay, enough said!

Jan

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Connecting the Joke to their Business

One of the funnest ways

I create quick humor and really, really connect with the client, is to connect with their business. I just did a show for architects and engineers, and even though I know very little about what they do, I was still able to have some fun. What I do know is that they design and build stuff, so I took a quick peak at their website to see just what they build. And wow! Lots of cool stuff like hospitals and science buildings and arenas!

All of it looks pretty complicated

and hard to make a joke about. . . until I got to the part where they designed an indoor track at the University of Nebraska. That got my attention because I know a track is very simple! It’s just a circle. . .which gave me the joke – “you all ‘designed’ a track? How hard is that? I think I could do that!” It got a huge laugh, and I was able to tag it . . . since I had talked to the client and found out that engineers are pretty grounded and practical while architects are more creative, I was able to add the line with “a track is a circle. Of course the architects probably wanted to make it a figure 8.” The joke got a second great laugh and let me connect easily.

Along those same lines,

I found out that the boss was a landscape architect and in his bio he said that he beats bunnies with a shovel who get into his garden. Again, even though I don’t know squat about architecture, I had some fun about his not being able to design something to keep a little bunny rabbit out. . like a FENCE! The moral of this story is . . . just because the subject you’re dealing with may not be in your area of expertise, don’t shy away from looking for a connection.

Keep in mind what they do – in simple terms –

like architects and engineers build stuff. And then look for something that you understand – like designing a track. You’ll get a great laugh and an instant connection.

Jan

www.TheWorkLady.com

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