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How to make your writing funnier – Cheri Steinkellner

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Did you ever notice how many jokes start with “Did you ever notice?” And what’s the deal with “What’s the deal?” There’s a lot of funny to be found simply by noticing the ordinary, everyday things you don’t ordinarily notice every day. Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Cheri Steinkellner offers a few tips and tricks for finding the funny in your writing.

Lesson by Cheri Steinkellner, animation by Anton Bogaty.


40 thoughts on “How to make your writing funnier – Cheri Steinkellner”

  1. The horse and the coconut example is literally Michael Palin's idea in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But instead of it being comedic writing, it was due to the limitations of the budget. Now that's funny

  2. The 80s Sitcom Blackadder shows that something can be funny purely by how it’s described.

    For example: “Baldrick, does it have to be this way? Our valued friendship ending with me cutting you up into strips and telling the prince that you walked over a very sharp cattle grid in an extremely heavy hat?”

  3. it would have been funny if the examples were funny.
    the fact that the virginity of the examples made them too lackluster.
    as well as the fact that there was an atempt to make whats already funny into a joke,which defeats the purpoce if we take the " surprise rule" . how about instead, take somrting normal, and combine it with something else for more funny.
    a priest, a polititian and a doctor walk into a bar, and the bartender sais-" god do i have coconuts"
    (and god was that a joke worth aborting)

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