About writing humor
I’ve always wanted to write a post about writing humor. I’ve sat down to start one probably a couple dozen times, but I’ve never been able to complete it.
I can write humor–there are, I hope, dozens of posts on the very blog that have drawn a chuckle from at least someone who’s read it. Hopefully, there’s been a few that have caused an actual out-loud laugh–different than the cliched LOL that Al Gore had in mind when he took the initiative to create the internet. (That’s the actual quote, by the way. It was either that, or adorable cat pictures.)
But I haven’t been able to write a post about writing humor. Mostly it’s because I can’t tell you how I do it. I just do. I know the humor I write tends to be of a specific tone and type. It’s usually a little edgy, kind of cranky. Snarky, they call it in the blogosphere.
It’s a little cynical–probably based on being a Jets fan for as long as I can remember. That builds a lifetime of cynicism.
So the humor I write is in my voice. It’s the only way I can write humor, really. Edgy observation and banter. It’s usually observational in nature, punctuated with a righteous and well-deserved humorous rant.
It probably blossomed in my formative years at my job at Galway Market, then was honed by the writings of Robert B. Parker and great movie and television characters like David Addison, Carla Tortelli, Chandler Bing, Toby Ziegler, and Mary Shannon–all layered on top of a gift given by God to enjoy a wry inward smile when confronted by life’s vagaries.
And if you’re looking to write humor, all of this is of absolutely zero help to you.
So I’ll leave it to you. How do you write humor?