The definitive joke-writing handbook
Learn comedy writing and how to write a joke with a simple comedy-writing and joke-writing formula you can use right now to write your own jokes. See why Amazon reviewers call How to Write Funny “one of the best books on humor writing.”
Author Scott Dikkers will tell you how to write jokes. He’s a master joke writer, founder of the world’s most popular humor site TheOnion.com, number one New York Times best-selling humor author, professional public speaker, and successful cartoonist. Scott created and leads the “Writing with The Onion” training center at the famed Second City in Chicago. His students have been hired for the top comedy writing jobs in TV and won dozens of Emmy Awards. He’s consulted with top entertainment companies like NBC, Comedy Central, and Pixar.
This easy-to-follow guide lays out a clear system and simple formula for how to write a joke that will get big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably. You’ll learn…
- The three sure-fire ways to generate funny text
- The 11 different “Funny Filters” and how to use them to write jokes
- The secret to getting rid of writer’s block – permanently
- And many more humor writing tips, tricks, and techniques
Create any joke using the Funny Filters, the 11 fundamental building blocks of humor:
Funny Filter 1: Irony
Funny Filter 2: Character
Funny Filter 3: Shock
Funny Filter 4: Hyperbole
Funny Filter 5: Wordplay
Funny Filter 6: Reference
Funny Filter 7: Madcap
Funny Filter 8: Parody
Funny Filter 9: Analogy
Funny Filter 10: Misplaced Focus
Funny Filter 11: Metahumor
If you’ve wondered how you can start writing jokes, how to tell jokes to your friends, how to add humor to your writing, how to add jokes in a speech, or how to add humor to your presentation, this book spells out the simple joke writing formula professionals use.
How to Write Funny is for you whether you want to find a comedy writing job or just want to learn how to tell a joke.