demystifying joke writing - weddings
To get the full value out of today's post you'll need to refer back to yesterday's to see where the ideas came from..
I used a fictional wedding between Cath, a nurse and amateur fencer and Alf, a butcher who likes skiing. Please note that I've only used these four subjects, but I've been able to come up with 59 gag ideas. This shows the potential of the Reverse Dictionary for comedy purposes.
As usual we're looking for puns (in particular finding double-meanings amongst the specialist jargon), words-within-words, connections etc.
Appel - In fencing this means a stamp of the foot. When Cath goes for an appel, she's not getting fruity, she's putting her foot down - with a firm hand.. Usable
Epee - a sword. When Cath disappeared earlier I thought she'd gone for a pee. Turns out I was right - she'd headed off for a spot of fencing practice. Usable
Epee - According to the famous fairy tale, a genuine princess is so sensitive that she can't sleep in a bed when there's something as tiny as a pea under the mattress. If she had an epee under the mattress I'm sure she'd be more likely to sleep due to a sense of security much like being within grabbing distance of a baseball bat. Not usable - too long
Feint - In fencing circles, a feint is a false attack to deceive the opponent. In public speaking circles, a faint is something which sweeps through an audience when the Best Man's speech is too long. Don't worry, I'll be finishing soon. Usable
Fleche - In fencing, this is a quick, forward-running attack As a butcher, Alf will be familiar with customers doing the same when there's only one lamb chop left. Usable
Foible - The foible is the weaker part of the blade near the point. In women, a foible can be very strong, like a steely determination to protect her family, or reading a story to her children every night. I'd recommend Aesop's Foibles. Usable
Foil - In fencing circles the sword used is called a foil. Occasonally Cath would arrive at a session without hers. In fencing circles this is known as being foiled again. Usable
Piste - the fencing 'court', a ski slope: I'm sorry to say that we started the stag night by going off piste... and we certainly didn't return sober. Usable
Plastron: outer clothing worn during sword fighting to protect torso and sword arm: We know Cath is a good nurse... and she's red hot at putting a plastron. Usable
Sabre - I'm not sure if Cath has ever handled a sabre, but I am sure she'd fight like a cornered sabre-toothed tiger to protect her family Unusable - not funny, but might be worth using more as sincerity than wit
Volt - Now I know that fencing bouts occur in a court called a piste, and that a volt is a sudden dodging movement. Well, I'm not sure how good she is at dodging undesirable things in everyday life, but on the piste her volts are electric. Usable
So out of the eleven gags, I only class two as unusable. Even if some of them are a bit weak, their close relevance to the subject matter will raise their humour value well above that if they were being used as standalone gags.
I'd like to point out that 8 or 9 of the usable gags use puns. This shows the power and value of puns to you in your comedy career. Mastering creating puns and using them will be very significant to your comedy trajectory.
Next time I'm going to continue with the jokes for Cath and Alf's fictional wedding.
If you're unsure of any part of this, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org