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How to Use Daily Life Experiences to Inspire Your Comedy Writing

Many writers and comedians write their own material because they have a sense of humor that is unique. It may be a warped sense of humor, but they have the ability to see humor in many situations that most people would never dream of.

How to Use Daily Life Experiences to Inspire Your Comedy Writing

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Many writers and comedians write their own material because they have a sense of humor that is unique. It may be a warped sense of humor, but they have the ability to see humor in many situations that most people would never dream of. To do this, they often focus on the small trivialities of life that many people simply accept and never think about.

For instance, take one of those little packs of silica gel that come in your shoes, in your new stereo, or in any number of other goods. Read the label; it says DO NOT EAT! Did you ever think that the company had sent you a nice little snack? Would anyone? That can be used to create a humorous sketch of some kind.

Writers and comedians may take an ordinary event and exaggerate it out of all proportion. They may take the ending of an ordinary scene and twist it into something surprising – and of course, humorous.

Country life can be used to create any amount of humor. How ordinary is it to take a wheelbarrow of weeds from the garden down to the chicken run. While you are there it is natural to gather the eggs. All this is quite normal – so far. But take it a step further and find only one egg. Then try and carry the egg back and push the wheelbarrow as well. It can’t be done, so you put the egg in the wheelbarrow. Then someone comes along and sees you pushing a wheelbarrow with one egg in it. The punch line could be any number of weird and wonderful comments.

It helps if you have a sense of the absurd and/or hang out with others who do. Some people find something to laugh at in every situation. If you have little children, your life should abound in humorous situations and comments. Children get the names of things wrong, or they get the pronunciations wrong, and it can all add up to great hilarity in the family. With a bit of exaggeration, or a twist here and there, you can write it into a comedy script.

Humor can spring out at you while just sitting in the mall, watching the crowds stroll by. You might see a young man waiting for his love (or his mum) in front of the jeweler’s window. Nothing funny in that, unless the store is also advertising earrings – as hot studs.

There are countless situations that you can make funny once you start to look out for them. At least when you write your own material you can’t be accused of stealing someone else’s work.

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