Follow me as this blog unfolds and you’ll be able to prove or disprove the above for yourself.
By the way, if you don't have the time to learn because you've got a hyper-important, very urgent speech to deliver, do consider taking me on to write for you.
Thirty years ago I realised I wanted to make people laugh. I searched high and low forHow-To books on the subject and bought a library of ready-written jokes, none of which I was able to use.
This search was almost entirely fruitless. - It seemed no-one had undertaken a "Joke Survey," apart from certain successful comedians who didn't want to share their secrets.
I made the decision to work it all out for myself. I then spent tons of my spare time gathering snippets here and there and analyzing things that sound a bit tedious, like the Joke Structure of different gag types .
I’m going to share in this blog the tips I’ve unearthed. You have in your hands a Key to capturing and keeping the attention of any audience, a key to the kingdom of Komedy, and to being Funny for Money, if that’s what you want.
Not every speech / debate / presentation / TV program etc is filled with puns, one-liners and shaggy dog stories.. Many sources of entertainment or information succeed by virtue of their sincerity or the strength of their argument.
But everyone in any audience or readership, be it at a Wedding, listening to a sermon or sitting at home watching Not Going Out appreciates a light comic touch.
I’ll be demonstrating, among others, the following:
Double meanings (puns)
Rule of three
Creation and use of anagrams
How to use history to enhance your speech
Rhyme, alliteration and acronyms
Lateral thinking to search for joke ideas
Mind mapping to generate humour.