demystifying joke creation
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This is the fourth in a mini-series of posts looking at creating jokes to specific subjects / themes.
In Part 1 on 26th August 2019, I set out to find joke ideas for the speeches at a fictional wedding between Cath, a nurse and amateur fencer and Alf, a butcher who likes skiing..
I found a grand total of 59 of them. My tools were my Reader's Digest Reverse Dictionary, the methods I've outlined in previous posts, my GSOH and the confidence that I could do it which comes from experience.
If you have the commitment to practice, a Good Sense Of Humour (GSOH) and are in any way serious about being a gagmeister - for a wedding, for your career or just out of interest - owning a copy of the above book (Amazon, approx £10) will rocket your abilities.
Please refer back to Part 1 of this series, 26th August 2019 to see how I got the 59 ideas and what they are.
wedding gags for cath and alf, continued
The digestive system
The parotid gland
On one ward was a man with a swollen parotid gland. Cath suggested surgery to remove a giant macaw which had somehow got stuck there.
Some of us will know that the alimentary canal is the entire digestive system. But early in the bride's nurse training, she was puzzled when a consultant said the word Alimentary, because there was no one on the ward called Ali, nor Terry, so how could Ali have meant Terry?
Once she worked with people with liver issues. She loved it, because she knows so much about living life - she really is a liver.
One area Cath has worked in is nursing people with pancreatic issues. At one stage there was a rumour that she met Alf while commuting in London. It would have been truly poetic if it was at St Pancreas station.
My only fear about today is if the bride gets decompression sickness. She looks great in her dress, but after this meal will she need to come out of it in stages like a deep sea diver?
Tachycardia (= a word-within-a-word: Tacky and card.)
The medical term 'Tachycardia' means having a higher pulse rate. To me today it means 'Thanks everyone for not getting us any tacky cards.'
The happy couple made the most today of Alf's tinnitus. They amplified it and used it in place of the church bells. It was much cheaper than paying for bell-ringers.
Which of the above would I be confident using?
Some of the above became jokes, whether good or bad almost automatically in my head. When you have trained your mind in this way of thinking, ideas like these, words you read, things you overhear on the bus or the TV will almost instantly become jokes.
The jokes I would be happiest to use from those above are the following:
Tinnitus: This is entertaining and I believe would get a laugh - but of course only if someone connected with the wedding has tinnitus, eg the bride's grandma
The liver: Only mildly funny but worth including because it speaks very positively about the bride
Decompression sickness: It's an innocent joke, quite funny. It's really about how fully we all eat at weddings and can be used at any wedding where there's a bride in a dress
The parotid gland: A funny image. You could probably shoehorn this one in by linking the parotid to her nurse training.
The pancreas: If she has studied / worked in this area, use it. It isn't funny enough to shoehorn in if she hasn't
Conclusion of Part 4
I encourage you to try these things out. Choose a subject, brainstorm its jargon / terminology (using your Readers Digest Reverse Dictionary as shown in my post 26th August '19 (or just by writing down anything you know about an activity, eg golf) and see what you can make of it.
Enjoy the challenge.
I'll be looking at more medical gags for Cath and Alf's fictional wedding next time.