CRAFTING HUMOR — Spinning Funny into Money!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Today’s news and newsflashes sound like Chicken Little — dire and depressing. IWOSC believes laughter will alleviate stress and bring what’s happening into perspective. The sky’s not falling.
After all, Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck, Chuck Lorre and others take what is considered imminent Chicken Little danger and spin the circumstances into funny story-telling with more than a twist of truth. Why do we find their humor timeless today? How may today’s writers yearning for infinite celebrity write funny material that editors, producers and publishers want to buy? What is the potential of humor writing on New Media platforms? Where will we find the myriad avenues to lucrative humorous writing?
Humorous writing is not just one-line jokes or comedy lines. It is also satire, parody, farce, TV sit-com situations and comedic movies. Robert McKee states that if the audience laughs, it works. If the audience doesn’t laugh, it doesn’t work. End of story.
He also has written for NPR, various New York theatres, magazines and nationwide newspapers. Currently he is a storyteller on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Marketplace,” “Weekend America” and “Off-Ramp.” Visit www.irvbrecher.com.