A quick yet powerful exercise in simple comedy writing is the old, 'Good news -Bad news' joke. Nothing is more simple than 'set-up' – 'punch line'.
Just sit back and allow your imagination to create easy hilarity. Don't discount simple writing!! It works. Subject – Punch. Subject – Punch. Subject - Punch.
Think of it as a speed bag type exercise for writing...it forces your little deviant comedy mind to come up with that quick twist, drop off, whacky-whacky trap door!! The idea is NOT to edit just let your funny flow!
I found it to be a good way to break through a writer's fog and get back to having fun with comedy writing again. It's kind of like my doodle. I jot down quick 'Good news – Bad news' twists.
'Good news, this morning I did a workout in my underwear in front of a mirror!
Bad news, I got so distracted I hit the car in front of me!'
You got nothing to lose and everything to gain with a few Gn-Bn jokes. Sometimes if the punch line is strong enough you can drop it in somewhere else or write some other setup around it for a whole new bit. It's not exactly a waste of time....you're writing punch lines pure and simple.
'Good news, using this exercise will help you create punch lines.
'Bad news, it's really hard to stop doing it!'.