.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.
trouble turning your ideas/premises into jokes???
One of the easy
ways is to simplify everything. Don't exclude the ol' SETUP-PUNCHLINE
basic joke is an INTRO, explaining what your topic is.
is called the SETUP -keep as short as possible. Such as....)
MY NEW GIRLFRIEND
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...
on the smart ass and twist on audience.
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! ;)
.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.