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#79 - herecomesjohnny (12/06/2012) [-]
Wumbo, i've made a decision.

I'm gonna try and write comedy (situational)

I've got a premise but damn i still feel lost, any tips? I know you've already kinda delved into that and honestly from the résumé of what you once told me, you seem like on another level. Any crucial stuff i should follow?
User avatar #80 to #79 - Wumbologist (12/07/2012) [-]
I'm just a high schooler with a fledging fanfiction career, but I'd say that the most important thing is to make it seem natural. While this necessitates a certain amount of social grace itself, it's important that as you write it, you ask yourself a) would anyone ever say this and b) would THIS CHARACTER ever say it.

So, certain types of people are frequently used in comedy, and there are some tried-and-true character archetypes. For example, you usually will have a...
Cloudcuckoolander
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Cloudcuckoolander
Genki Girl (or guy, but usually girl)
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GenkiGirl
Magnificent Bastard
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MagnificentBastard
Straight Man
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StraightMan
Deadpan Snarker
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeadpanSnarker
and so forth.

Rather than writing situations, spend a good chunk of time writing characters, down to their hobbies, likes, dislikes, and backstories, and just sit back and let your intriguing characters live their lives, which, if you did it right, should be hilarious. So, when you create these sort of characters, you're not creating situations that will produce more jokes, the characters are. For example, let's say that your token foreigner has invited you for traditional Eastern European food, or that your Magnificent Bastard has for some reason and with no explanation signed your gang up for a curling tournament, with no explanation. These sort of situations would arise naturally from the absurd characters you create. So, now that you've been invited to token foreigner's house, what's the first thing the cloudcuckoolander notices or says--perhaps that it smells like wheat grass. But wait, inquires the straight man, what is that and how do you know what it smells like--cue the Magnificent Bastard, who comments that they most likely overdid the roast, and the musclehead could then produce a hilarious misunderstanding that greatly offends the foreigner's parents. This is a terrible example, but I'm trying to illustrate the point that the jokes should just WRITE THEMSELVES if you create interesting characters in an interesting setting.

I hope this helps, and let me know how it goes.
#81 to #80 - herecomesjohnny (12/07/2012) [-]
wow, thanks a whole lot for taking the time to write all that and look links up and all, i'll definitely try to follow your advice! If it works out, expect huge dedz to you man!
wow, thanks a whole lot for taking the time to write all that and look links up and all, i'll definitely try to follow your advice! If it works out, expect huge dedz to you man!
#83 to #81 - Wumbologist (12/07/2012) [-]
Anytime.
Anytime.
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