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     Chili Challis

           Lifetime comedian, comedy writer and coach



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LETTERMAN'S TOP 10 LIST. FUNNY AND A GOOD WRITING EXERCISE

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (19)
.I'm sure you're all familiar with David Letterman's Top 10 list. It's been a TV late night comedy benchmark for nearly 30 yrs....classic funny no question.
As many times that I've seen it and laughed hard at some of the list I've always got off knowing the real genius is in the simplicity of it. His writers simply put a pop culture phrase, news story, or celebrity etc at the top and write 10 short funny sentences about it all, one attempting to top the other. So easy to write so easy to follow by the audience...so brilliant so simple. And bingo!... such a great writing exercise for you to take advantage of by using this very formula to dig into a subject and find the funny in it.

Try it! Use one of your subjects and make a top 10 list out of it. Stay on topic and write 10 different funny things about it. I'm bettin' you come up with something! It can be kinda like doodling...fits in a little notebook or on a pc or phone file real easy! Just sayin'. I'm guessin' this will be in the Top 10 writing suggestions you get today anyway! ;)

SETUP-PUNCH LINE FORMULA HELPS BUILD A JOKE.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM Comments comments (11)
Having trouble turning your ideas/premises into jokes???
One of the easy ways is to simplify everything. Don't exclude the ol' SETUP-PUNCHLINE method.
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(A basic joke is an INTRO, explaining what your topic is.
This is called the SETUP -keep as short as possible. Such as....)

MY NEW GIRLFRIEND


(Now that you've introduced your topic set audience up with a line that sounds like you're saying something sweet).


I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HER.
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL, SHE SEXY, SHE'S RICH...


(-turn on the smart ass and twist on audience...)
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...SHE'S IMAGINARY!



*Try using this simple formula to get the ball rolling for you! It still works for me. I write a simple joke and then when I have a punch line of some sort to work with...I can reword it, complicate it, expand it, etc. etc.
Once you have the blue print of the joke along with a punch line you can always change it up, or put it together with another joke in a similar theme to begin building bits.

SIMPLE WEIRD WRITING EXERCISE

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM Comments comments (29)
A fun exercise in creativity is what I call writing weird.
Simply write down some weird things.
(dress weird while you do it if you want) go for the eccentric, flaky.
Have fun and write weirdness, oddity, bizarre, you don't have to make sense and you don't have to go for a joke or laughs.  Go for different!
Take a topic you already have and run it thru your weird state as I call it. See what happens and let me know. Betcha create the funny in something! ;)

JOKE WRITING IS PART MANY THINGS.

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (2)
.PART-writing about what you care about and know about.

PART-writing about what you think about most. Worry about it? Write about it! 

PART-deciding HOW you're telling it. Are you in the joke or just reporting it.

PART-Attitude!!! (like your subject? don't like it? is it confusing to you? angry about it? let your audience know) 

PART-asking yourself so that you can explain to the audience WHY you're telling them about the subject.

PART-knowing how the joke relates to your big picture (story) you're painting.

And of course PART- editing. rewriting and making your topic more clear...to you and the audience. 

That's comedy writing ...in PART. ;) 

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