This adds another example to yesterday's post
OK. If you've looked at yesterday's post you'll have a clear idea what I'm on about. I just wanted to clarify the process with another example.
I open the dictionary randomly, in the p's. The first word which catches my eye is 'pom'. The entry beside it says 'abbreviation of 'pommy'', Aussie slang for an Englishman.
Are there any neighbouring words that are spelt the same or similarly?
No, but a little lower I see 'pomegranate', a type of exotic fruit.
This word is of interest:
a. because it starts with the sound 'pommy'
b. because it forms two words, namely 'pommy' and 'granite'.
We want some sort of link / connection with pommies. So, let's consider how we might use 'granite'. Well, we know it's a rock. I've seen statues carved out of it.
This leads me quite naturally to the concept of statues of English people in Australia.
Google Statues of English people in Australia. I do so and see that there is something quite serious going on in Aus in connection with the heritage of the place from a colonial viewpoint. There is an opinion over there that not all English folk depicted by statuary in Aus are worth remembering, perhaps because they treated the aborigines badly.
To me this is far too serious an issue to write jokes about.
Let's google a little further, seeking a reputable Englishman-statue.
I find that there is a statue of Shakespeare in Sydney.
We need some theme or concept to hang a joke on. There is this ongoing controversy surrounding Shakespeare - did he actually write the plays?
We also need to link / connect Shakespeare with Sydney.
With my eagle eye I spot that Sydney is actually a male Christian name.
My first thought, as to a joke springing out of this is that this statue is not of William Shakespeare at all... it's of his son, Sydney, and then we can conclude the joke by asking the question: Was it actually Sydney Shakespeare who really wrote the plays?
OK, on it's own this is not a gag likely to generate mass hysteria on Live at the Apollo, but it could be part of a routine building up to a lively climax, particularly by an Aussie comedian in the UK or an English comedian in Australia.
The above process took less than 5 minutes. One of the UK's greatest comedians is Tim Vine. He starts every day by writing ten gags. I'm sure they won't all be gags that he'll end up using, because any gag writer will tell you that you need to write quite a few before you come up with a peach.
To emulate Tim, i.e. writing ten gags a day, you need to run through the process I've shown you ten times. If you can develop yourself to do it at 5 minutes or less, it'll take you less than an hour.
Grab your dictionary and start.
It's down to you.
(Don't forget to look into the archives of this blog, where you'll find a lot of other hints tips.)