Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 2 – Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9

 

In my previous blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 8: Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 1, I showed the process I went through to understand the assumption’s role in joke structure. In this blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9: Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 2, I’ll explain how assumptions lead to uncovering corresponding joke mechanism in the punch.assumptions and joke writing stand-up comedy classes los angeles Greg Dean Comedy, comedy class, comedy class Los Angeles, comedy class la, comedy classes, comedy classes Los Angeles, comedy classes la, stand-up comedy class, stand-up comedy classes, stand-up comedy class Los Angeles, stand-up comedy classes Los Angeles

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Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 2

 Next, working with assumptions and joke writing, I discovered the mechanisms that created the idea for the punch. I named it many times, alternative, contradictor, unexpected and finally settled on the reinterpretation. The punch’s surprise was created by a different meaning of something from the setup that caused me to make assumptions.

I came to understand the reinterpretation to be an unexpected interpretation which contradicted the setup’s assumption. The reinterpretation was targeting an assumption and making it wrong. For this reason, I named the setup’s assumption the target assumption.  It was clear that the target assumption and reinterpretation were connected.

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Next, I learned to identify as many setup’s assumptions as I could. Then from gleaning assumptions, I discovered how each setup assumption often pointed to one or more reinterpretations. From there I would take that reinterpretation and write it into a punch. I was developing a joke writing system based on the target assumption and reinterpretation. For instance, here’s the structure for this joke:

 

 

Setup: “I was stuck in the hospital for a week.”

Target Assumption: I was there for treatment.

Reinterpretation: I was waiting for someone to die.

Punch: “It took that long for my grandmother to die.”assumptions and joke writing Stand-Up Comedy Classes Los Angeles class workshops schools

If you’re saying to yourself, “But I don’t think that joke is funny,” you’ll miss the point I’m making. Instead, focus on how the target assumption helped me find a reinterpretation. Since I knew the punch wouldn’t be about being stuck in the hospital for treatment, I asked myself this question: “What are other reasons for being stuck in a hospital for a week?” The answers were reinterpretations, for instances: waiting for someone to die, being held in a straightjacket, doing all the paper work, and so forth.

Not all reinterpretations are good enough to write punches for. Some don’t work at all. Yet, I was writing jokes beginning with the setup’s assumptions which was the doorway to finding or inventing a reinterpretation from which to write punches. I had two pieces of my joke structure jigsaw puzzle and a makeshift joke writing system.

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In my next blog, Greg Dean Comedy Tips 10: Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 3, I’ll explain how working with assumptions and joke writing along with the target assumption and reinterpretation helped me discover the central mechanism of joke structure.

Greg Dean Comedy Tips 9:

Assumptions and Joke Writing – Part 2

BTW

  • I wrote this blog while at the V-cut Cigar Lounge smoking a La Aurora 107. It’s okay. It kept going out, so it was a bit frustrating.
  • Go 49ers. I remain hopeful, yet skeptical.

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