By Gene Perret
The full variety of methods for winning comedy writing is tested during this publication. the writer, one in every of Bob Hope's most sensible writers, analyzes what he does to provide one-liners, anecdotes, monologues, formular jokes, sketch captions and teaches the reader find out how to grasp the ability.
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For instance, your photograph might show someone yawning. But your caption may suggest that the person is not yawning, but singing, or screaming, or bobbing for watermelons, or anything else that requires opening the mouth that wide. This workout is good training, too, in phrasing your caption in a clever, unique way—a way that tells the story you want to tell the viewer clearly, concisely, and with maximum humor. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES In captioning photos, it's usually best to come up with an idea that assigns a com' pletely new meaning to the action in the photograph.
That's a big part of humor. The audience likes to have something left to the imagination. They want to do part of the work. The ideal joke is one that hides just enough of the punchline to make the audience have to figure it out, but they need to be able to figure it out quickly enough so that the premise isn't destroyed. Obviously, there's no reward for a nightclub comedian in telling jokes that the audience will understand and finally laugh at as they're driving home. Imagery can hide the punchline, and still be clear enough so the listeners catch on quickly enough to enjoy it.
He looks like a porcupine. You don't need to change the characters. They can remain an officer WORKING WITH CAPTIONS 39 talking to an Indian Chief What you must search for is the reason why the officer has been riddled with arrows. Here are a few possibilities: "I apologize, Chief I was always led to believe that 'How' was a. " • • • • • "General Custer warned me that you were a sneaky little % # @ $ # & . " A WORD BEFORE YOU START Some of the drawings you find may be so bizarre and unrealistic that it's hard to find any logic for them.