February 9, 2017 at 3:06AM, Edited February 9, 3:11AM


Rules of Comedy Writing For Screenwriters

Total absence of humor renders life impossible.

As the saying goes, "Funny is money." The person who can write funny has a definite edge over the person who finds it difficult.

So if you're humor challenged when it comes to dialogue, what can you do about it?

In my experience, writing funny, original dialogue comes naturally, just as spontaneously adlibbing funny, clever remarks does. You can either do it or you can't.

I wish I could say "Take a comedy writing class" or "Read a book on how to write funny stuff" or offer you some inspirational words of wisdom on finding your inner stand-up comic.

What I can offer you is something Tim Allen said in a TV Guide interview upon being asked about his sense of humor, specifically his ability to be funny. "Being (italics mine) funny is a gift to me. I don't know where it comes from. It's magic and it's marvelous and I'm terrified it will all go away."

Where does it come from? Who knows? Where does superior natural athletic prowess come from? Why is one 6'8" kid who plays forward on his high school team, better than fifty other 6'8" forwards on other high school teams? For every Lebron James there's 10,000 kids who aren't quite good enough.

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