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Laugh Lines: Harnessing Your Unique Humor for Standout Sketch Comedy Writing
In a collaborative video tutorial, comedy creators Paul and Jimmy Falling shared some insightful tips on the art of sketch comedy writing. Their key messages emphasized the inherent subjectivity of comedy and the importance of drawing from personal experiences and anecdotes. Here are the main takeaways:
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- There’s No Definitive Way to Write Comedy: Comedy writing is inherently flexible. In the era of increasingly shorter content (like TikTok), you can experiment and find what feels fun to you. That said, a traditional comedy sketch often follows a certain structure.
- The Traditional Sketch Formula: Start with an unusual or humorous event. This is followed by three escalating, heightening situations (beats) and ends with the biggest laugh (button or blow).
- Character-Driven Comedy: The example sketch provided showcased a venomous, bitter character advocating for inclusion while ironically wanting to disrupt a party. This kind of multi-layered character can generate a lot of humor and engagement.
- Comedy is Subjective: If you find something genuinely funny, chances are someone else will too. Don’t be discouraged if your work isn’t universally popular – it’s more important that it makes you, the creator, laugh.
- Specificity Makes Comedy Real: Using specific references can make your comedy feel more grounded and relatable, such as ordering from a specific restaurant rather than a generic ‘salad’.
- Heightening in Sketches: Increasing the stakes keeps the audience invested in the story. A useful tip for heightening is to note down all your ideas and then arrange them in the order of escalating intensity.
- Topical and Relatable Content: People respond to current, relatable content. Consider if your sketch is something someone would want to share because they find it amusing or see themselves in it.
- Comedy is Trial and Error: Don’t be afraid to experiment and make mistakes. Every successful sketch was once a risky idea. Embrace the fear and remember that the creative process should be enjoyable.
This video encourages aspiring comedy creators to trust their instincts, value their unique comedic voice, and remember that the best guide in writing comedy is their own sense of humor. As the process may be daunting, they emphasize the importance of community engagement and seeking feedback. Happy writing!
|Jane Joan Costagliola