aiming to demystify joke creation
Finishing the medical gags
What I'm going to do is to whizz through the sub-themes that might apply to Cath who is fictitiously getting married to Alf, a butcher and skier. In my next post which I'm intending to put live in the next day or two we'll work on Alf's main interest, skiing .
note on creativity and surprise
One of the main skills we need to develop as comedy writers is the ability to link or connect ideas / words / phrases. If you can link two different areas, you quite possibly have a potential joke. This is because connecting two seemingly unconnected things leads to surprise, and few things are as funny as something totally surprising.
We also need to massage our surprise to make it as unpredictable as possible. For instance, if Cath uses a CAT scanner at work, it's too obvious to say her cat was ill so she took it into work to be scanned. Much better to have her borrowing the machine to scan the garden for cats taking a dump on her lawn.
Defibrillator: Cath thought it was a machine to stop people lying
Gastroscope: She thought it was a guide to local gastropubs
These are both entertaining, and eminently useable if Cath has worked with heart attack patients or those with dodgy digestive systems. They could even be shoe-horned in if not directly relevant to her nursing career, if you're struggling a bit for content (unlikely, considering all our output on the subject here!)
Psychiatry terms, including manias
Amnesia: This word links, in my mind at least, to the word ambrosia - similar sounding words. If either groom or bride like their rice pudding, you could have one of them having a memory loss moment in the corner shop:
I'd like a tin of that great rice pudding, what's it called... um, er... that's it: Amnesia Creamed Rice.
If you like this and it's true and relevant, use it.
Nest time we'll look at getting gags out of Alf and his skiing.
See you next time