I've been making up jokes for a very long time, so much so that nowadays they often pop into my mind without any conscious thought. But afterwards, when I think back to the moment of creation, I can work out what I've done to get there.
My plan is to share one or two jokes per post and show how I got to them. This will lead to shorter, more frequent posts.
The FENCing bRide and the ski-ing groom
A quick glance at the Readers' Digest Reverse Dictionary (well worth getting) or doing a spot of internet browsing should lead us to a link between the terminology of fencing and ski-ing. When I did this, I quickly found a link: both sports take place on a piste: a rectangular court for one, a ski slope for the other.
A pun like this which links two almost completely different themes has great comedy potential. It's almost the Holy Grail of comedy writing:
Joining two distinct subjects with a link leads to something unexpected and surprising. The surprise causes laughter.
Find a link and you 've found a joke.
Alf had no idea that the 'piste' is the court fencers fight on, so when Cath boldly asked him if he fancied going on the piste, he wasn't sure if she was suggesting a trip to the Snowdome or a night on the beer.
Please bear in mind that humour is a very personal thing. What tickles one person into hysteria might leave another cold. You might find my gags in this blog unfunny. That's fine: they're there to show you the steps and methods.
That's it for today: Tune in again soon!