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i'm pretty bad at writing comedy i'd appreciate some advice. My story is mostly fighting but i do want to have comedy in it as well.
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Mhm. I shall teach you, pupil. Word play is the way to go.
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Hmm, i think it's more on the lines of what do you find funny? Sometimes it comes down to situations, or reactions of your characters that make other people find it funny. It really depends on the "audience" at that too. Over all, mistakes and such can be viewed as a funny thing. So long as it matches the character of course. Also you have to remember that everyone has their own style of comedy, and because of that you will never be able to please everyone.
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what is word play?
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Shimario wrote:

what is word play?


Good one.
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uh i was serious? lol
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Shimario wrote:

uh i was serious? lol


Best way to describe word play is misinterperatation of speech, or twisting what somebody says. Puns are the most common example of wordplay.

Ie, say in your story there is some guy over-reacting. Your main guy says "You know, that hot-head attitude is gonna get you killed" Then big fight, protagonist is defensive, antagonist does something stupid, and ends up dying on fire. "Warned you..."

That is a subtle form of word play prior to the fact and could be applied to a very situationally aware protagonist. The wordplay essentially is any reference to the fire causing injury, and any speech relating to said fire that could be used in other situations. (Shoulda cooled it, etc..)

Humor is an interesting thing and really only comes off as your own style. Most humor is actually inspired by what you watch. More serious people tend to enjoy situational humor. Examples, are people trying to show off, then slipping, etc.

Remember that the reader relates to the characters. Any genre can make use of humor to lighten up or develop. But for the reader to really relate and appreciate, you must match it to the story. I have a bit of a technique I do when writing. At stages, and when completing a scene, I lie back, close eyes then fully visualize what I just wrote. What humor really belongs in there. Is it embarrassing the guy by using extreme weaponsplay to tangle them up then hang em like a fish, or is snide and sarcastic more fitting after a harsh defeat?
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Vaporisor wrote:


Shimario wrote:

uh i was serious? lol


Best way to describe word play is misinterperatation of speech, or twisting what somebody says. Puns are the most common example of wordplay.

Ie, say in your story there is some guy over-reacting. Your main guy says "You know, that hot-head attitude is gonna get you killed" Then big fight, protagonist is defensive, antagonist does something stupid, and ends up dying on fire. "Warned you..."

That is a subtle form of word play prior to the fact and could be applied to a very situationally aware protagonist. The wordplay essentially is any reference to the fire causing injury, and any speech relating to said fire that could be used in other situations. (Shoulda cooled it, etc..)

Humor is an interesting thing and really only comes off as your own style. Most humor is actually inspired by what you watch. More serious people tend to enjoy situational humor. Examples, are people trying to show off, then slipping, etc.

Remember that the reader relates to the characters. Any genre can make use of humor to lighten up or develop. But for the reader to really relate and appreciate, you must match it to the story. I have a bit of a technique I do when writing. At stages, and when completing a scene, I lie back, close eyes then fully visualize what I just wrote. What humor really belongs in there. Is it embarrassing the guy by using extreme weaponsplay to tangle them up then hang em like a fish, or is snide and sarcastic more fitting after a harsh defeat?


No, serious people do not enjoy watching people falling over.
That is just standard American humor.
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Sir_jamesalot wrote:

No, serious people do not enjoy watching people falling over.
That is just standard American humor.



??? He asked about wordplay. I answered then continued to the original topic of the post. Side note, a simple fall can be serious, or extremely low brow in comedy. It comes down to presentation. That is why it is situational humor.
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This cannot be.
I am never wrong.
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Fart jokes are the way to go. Everybody loves them.
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over reaction, it's the way to start.
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Okay, their is no real way of telling someone how to right comedy because what is funny to one person may not necessarily be funny to another. My best advice would be to remember the funniest moments from your favorite anime. Write each of those scenes down as accurately as you can. Then try to reinvent does scenes into your own, words, image, style, and voice. If your characters are truly fleshed out they should react rather interestingly toward the scene you place them in.
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Humor in a story is the ability to lead a reader down a path and then turn it into something else.
For example:

The War Story
By SGillott

"No Shit! There we were.

Three against a thousand!

We fought all day! We fought all night!

Those were three of the toughest guys we ever met!"

PS, feel free to use that if you want, just give credit to the folks in the SCA

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Sometimes it's all about working fast pace action and humor together, or even just plain randomness. I could give example with my story "Can a Lion drive a tank?", but it is a little foul in the language department. The best way for me to right a comedic scene is first type out a quick over lay that gets you to giggle then expand a bit at a time. Have a good grasp of the idea as you do so you don't lose the feeling of the scene and make sure that it makes you laugh firsthand. The hard part of a really good comedic scene is that what works for one person doesn't work for everyone. well I'll leave the address to my story to see what I mean. maybe it will help you out some.

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3131520/1/Can-a-Lion-drive-a-tank
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