How To Write Like a Professional Comedy Writer (Part 2)

Step 4: Almost All of It Will Suck

Hopefully, some of you tried the three steps I suggested last week, and by now, you should have lists of stuff you’ve generated during those 15 minutes every day using Forest.

  1. Quantity. The more you write, the funnier you’ll get. I hate this analogy because I haven’t been to a Planet Fitness since the pandemic started, but your brain IS a muscle.

Step 5: Polarization

Go back over your writing and highlight anything that keeps coming up over and over again, and then ask yourself, “Why? Why do I keep coming back to this? Why do I care about this so much?”

Step 6: Statement → Bridge → Joke

Do you have your strong statements ready?

  1. Write down the statement after you’ve carefully edited it.
  2. Write down the joke that you want to make. The joke should also be as concise, clear, and compact as possible.
  3. Then write a sentence that would connect the two.

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B.J. Mendelson is the author of “Social Media Is Bullshit” from St. Martin’s Press.