This is because in the real world of the gag-meister you normally have to tie your output to a theme. If you're writing for a corporate do, a Best Man speech or a TV or Radio show, the gags will normally have to be based around a subject.
When under pressure like this, it's important to explore every tool / avenue at your disposal, methodically .
It may seem to you that I'm freewheeling in this blog, but I'm starting on one theme, exploring it and moving on to a theme uncovered by the first.
I normally do most of this creative thinking at the start, on a series of scrawled mind-maps. I'll illustrate that technique later.
OK. I'm now going to show you a different, very useful and easy brainstorming tool:
Looking up a prefix in a Dictionary.
Our prefix today is going to be 'star', because I feel fairly sure that there are more tsar / star jokes out there and I'd like to prove that by doing it.
Please note: In addition to looking for anything linking to leaders, tsars and kings, I'm going to keep an eye out for anything quirky as well.
You never know what you'll find.
Here are my results:
Star of Bethlehem
star spangled banner
I'm going to leave this in a moment. My next post will delve further into the use of the hesaurus and the Reverse Dictionary.
When I feel the 'tsar' brainstorming is done, we'll come back and carve out the next series of jokes.
In the mean time, why don't you look at that list above and see if you can see potential in it.