Friday, June 17, 2005

True Comedy - by James

True comedy means to be able to take something, anything really, and twist it from something ordinary and mundane to something new, surprising and above all funny. There are many ways that comedy can fail, one is taking something that is clearly not true and stating it flatly. Another is pretending to be someone else in text!
This in particular doesn't work for a couple of reasons. Firstly, unless they happen to be very talented writers you're not going to be able to tell the difference between one writer or another. Secondly, anyone can do it. I mean literally anyone that can write can write something and pretend to be someone else, and in nearly every case you can guarantee that it won't be funny. If you are going to try to make this funny, you should at least try to say something funny in the first place rather than making the classic mistake of taking something that is clearly not true and stating it flatly.
Let's look an example of someone who can write (although apparently only just) trying to be funny.
In fact, picking a phrase completely at random we'll go with: "Hi this is James, Can I have my room decorated pink please!!!!” (A quick extra note here, the number of exclamation marks at the end of a sentence does not make it exponentially funnier.)
Now, this phrase is clearly not funny for a number of reasons.
Anyone who knows me will be more than aware that if there's one colour I do not want my bedroom to be, it's pink.
Anyone who knows me will also know that I'm moving in a few weeks so would not really be bothered what colour my current bedroom was.
Anyone who knows me would also know that I care about interior design about as much as I care about the news that the spice girls might be reforming for the live 8 concert, i.e. not at all.
Anyone who doesn't know me wouldn't care what colour I wanted my bedroom.


Blogger Granton Team said...

james is no fun!!!!!

3:22 pm  

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