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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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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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