Aiming to demystify joke creation
We're still trawling through the gag-creation for Cath / Alf's fictional wedding, continuing to see what we can make from the collection of gag ideas produced from The Readers Digest Reverse Dictionary in my post of 26th August (worth a look if you haven't seen it yet).
We're still looking at the medical ideas that we've unearthed on the grounds that the fictional bride Cath is a nurse.
Although nurse training is very broad, no nurse in the real world will have experience of all these diverse branches of medicine that we're exploring If you're writing comedy for a purpose your research will guide you which subjects to tackle and which to leave out,
Our initial joke idea count was 59. In a 5-minute Best Man speech you only need 10-15 jokes anyway. But if you do come up with dozens, you are in the fortunate position of choosing the really good ones.
We're considering today what our work with the Reverse Dictionary has informed us about the human eye.
The eyeball is full of stuff called vitreous humour. This instantly reminds me that the outer surface of the eye is the cornea. This is a bit of a gift, two comedy concepts appearing together in one small organ. But what do we do with it?
My immediate thought is, what does the word vitreous actually mean?
A quick look at a dictionary reveals that 'vitreous' comes from the Latin word for glass and means 'glassy'. If we're going to use that in any way, we need to explain what our meaning clearly as part of the joke - but we have to keep the explanation and run-up to the main bit of the joke as short as possible. I think it's a good idea to try to use it, because most people will be drinking a glass or two, and also because we might get something out of a link to a glass eye.
Cath works in the eye hospital. I've discovered that the eye is full of something called 'vitreous humour.' and that the word 'vitreous' means 'glass' or glassy.
I hope you all enjoy lifting a glass or two today, that no one loses their glass eye and that my humour doesn't get any cornea.
NB: Italics signify a joke, or an attempt at one.
I'm going to leave it there for today folks, hope you've found this helpful and look forward to posting next time.
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