As the title suggests, today I shall be talking about writing humour. This post comes after finishing The One Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson recently (review here. But before I start, any time I tell a joke it’s like a tumbleweed moment. No? Anyone? I’ll see myself out…
So as you can see, I’m rubbish at humour. However, there are times where everyone can do a bit of physical or verbal comedy without being aware (ie. You’ve Been Framed). So why is it so hard to write humour?
I think humour is a fragile thing to discuss. As soon as someone analyses what it is that makes a joke, it no longer is funny. It needs to be funny when you first read it, and it needs to be understandable.
I guess, from my limited knowledge on humour, humour itself can divide into verbal, physical or written humour. In a writing sense, I guess this can be done through the narrator (written), what the character says (verbal) and does (physical). But I guess it all comes down to timing – writing it when it matters, when there’s a punchline.
What do you think about writing humour? Can you write it? Do you have any tips? Comment below!