Get Started on Joke Writing 8
Brainstorming Ideas for Jokes
How to convert ideas into jokes.
- Think of original ideas.
- List terminology, associations, cliché’s, common facts.
- Look for ideas for set-ups, punchlines and jokes.
Examples of Comedy Brainstorming
Sometimes a comedian has ideas for stand-up comedy material.
- List 1-3 ideas for stand-up comedy material.
- Choose your best premise.
- Combine the funniest set-up and punchline
Other times a comedian brainstorms ideas for comedy.
- Think of 5 recent events that may inspire jokes.
- Check the news, sports and weather for current events jokes.
- Share a quick, funny story from your life.
Brainstorming converts ideas into jokes.
STEP 1: Consider a topic.
- i.e. coffee cups.
STEP 2: List funny associations. Identify the funniest set-up and punchline. For example,
- Things on a coffee cup
- Things in a coffee cup
- athletic cup
- Hole in the lid is smaller than… (Funniest set-up)
STEP 3: Write the joke.
Every time I get a cup of coffee the hole in the lid is smaller than a sip.
STEP 4: Assess the quality of humor.
- The set-up is traditional, “…the hole in the lid is smaller than…”.
- Opportunity for multiple jokes.
- ‘Smaller than a sip’ is not the funniest punchline.
STEP 5: Edit the joke.
Every time I get a cup of coffee the hole in the lid is smaller than a pin hole.
STEP 6: Evaluate the joke.
- “Smaller than a pinhole is not funnier than “smaller than Trump’s hands.”
- The Trump’s hands punchline is pedestrian.
- Keep editing.