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Joke Writing Tutorial by woohooligan Joke Writing Tutorial by woohooligan
This is the first in a series of maybe 3-5 tutorials I'm working on... they won't be anything huge, just a few things I've learned about making comic strips in the last 5 years.

:new: Hyperbole / exaggeration is missing from the list of ways that you can violate the audience expectations... d'oh! Although I suppose it's not an exhaustive list anyway.

I thought I'd start with joke-writing, because I think a lot of people think they're "just not funny". I don't think that's true. I think anyone can learn to write good jokes. :nod: You just have to know how and you have to put in the hours practicing. George Carlin didn't just walk up on the stage and get gales of laughter. He spent 40 hrs a week working at his computer, looking for new material, massaging it, fine-tuning it into exactly what he wanted.

I hope this helps a few folks! :fingerscrossed:

Let me know what you think! :D

Also feel free to share this tutorial. The only thing I ask is that you not sell or profit from it and that you share it as-is, no mods or derivative works. Thanks!

Oh and if you enjoyed this, you may also enjoy this other comedy-writing tutorial I found:



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Static-Foil Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, was real helpful. Hope maybe you have a chance to look at mines if you ever get a chance. :3
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you enjoyed it. :hug: If you've got something in particular you'd like an opinion on, you can note me and I may be able to have a look. I've been pretty busy lately though.
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Static-Foil Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to share some 8D and thanks so much, would it be alright to note youw itht he idea?

Sorry for the late reply, just got net back 8D
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No worries. Yeah, send the note. :nod:
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some good examples of link-backs/callbacks:
youtu.be/1FDVsi6yldE (Mock the Week Too Hot for TV - The Leg Episode)
youtu.be/8NfLJWaa7Jc (Mock the Week Too Hot for TV - The Anal Lube Episode)
Bear in mind these episodes are fairly old.

Good demonstrations of jokes. British comedian Jimmy Carr once said that there are many theories about joke writing but they are basically all the same as what you wrote here.
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woohooligan Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Josh! :D
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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xXxMiZuMiXmIkOxXx Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is good! :thumbsup:
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :highfive:
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Because you're a member of :icondalinksystem: your work is featured in this journal :aww: [link]


Please make sure you add it to your favourites to get even more exposure! :heart: :iconshakelinkplz:
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks! Fav'd. :D
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Prowlingmonkey Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good little food for thought you have there.

for me, I usually follow a three step process: Observation, deconstruction, and exaggeration.
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Adam! :D

That's a good formula... although it strikes me that exaggeration is only one of a variety of different ways to break the audience's expectations... ... but then again, it's a method I didn't cover in my tutorial, d'oh! :dummy:
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classicEIGHT Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Catchy. Clever. Informative... I stamp this PASS!

Also, El Ohel at the Pope V. Cowboy. That should be a recurring theme. They should be friends in their own wacky adventure! ... This practically writes itself!! Heh. Fun times.

Armed with this new, well thought out knowledge, I will recall it any time I'm having issues with humor. Of course, my fall-back maneuver is Slapstick, maybe I should re-think this, lol


I think soon I should be ready to get a site up and running. Within the month, easily. That is my new goal. INSPIRATION!
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, K! :highfive:
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Drakithu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Man, this will do me wonders! I'm just an amateur with joke writing and this is very helpful! ^^
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Jon! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :highfive:
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Drakithu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
You're welcome! ^^
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Joaov Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As usual, you are incredibly helpful to those around you :)
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Joao! :highfive:
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