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Books on Humor Writing

Discussion in 'Writing Resources' started by T.Allen.Smith, May 3, 2016.

  1. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    I'm looking for recommendations on resources that teach humor writing.

    To be specific, I don't want to write comedies. I just want to interject humor into my storytelling.

    The post title says books because I learn well from reading & rereading. However, any resources you'd recommend would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Heliotrope

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  3. Svrtnsse

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    Okay, so this isn't a book on comedy, and it's not very instructive, but it's quite funny, and it can serve as an example of how to inject some humor in your writing: 21 actual analogies used by high school students in essays - Album on Imgur

    It's a bunch of really bad analogies, but they can serve as a good example on how to achieve a comical effect by contrasting things that are normally not related to each other.
     
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  4. Bekka King

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    Two additional resources might be helpful. Neither specifically "teach" humor writing, but very creatively demonstrate the use of humor in the course of presenting material:

    1) Stephen King's book "On Writing." Probably available at your local library.

    2) Billy Crystal's 2014 "movie" entitled "700 Sundays." It's a two-hour self-reflective stand-up comedy routine. He's so popular that my local library has it. Maybe your library carries it, too?

    Bekka
     
  5. T.Allen.Smith

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    I've read this book several times, but I don't remember any reference to humor.

    I'll have to take another look.
     
  6. Bekka King

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    To clarify, it's not that the book is written with references to humor. Rather, it is humorously written. I find the anecdotes he tells and the way he tells them to be hilariously funny, thereby a demonstration of funny writing.
     
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