the comedy of PLACEs
'My wife's gone to the Caribbean on her own.'
'No, she went of her own accord.'
If you're looking for local jokes, scour a map of your area looking at names of towns, villages and counties.
If you're interested in more general gags, methodically go through gazetteers giving details of places around the world
In a disciplined way, study the indexes of world and road atlases.
What are you looking for?
1. Wherever you find a link, you've found a joke. You just need to package it.
2. Having found a link, look for double / multiple meanings
Our demo joke today comes from the Cotswold Hills in England.
There's a trio of towns in this area called 'Chipping xxxxx,' namely:
These places are clearly linked by the word 'Chipping', or 'Chips.'
Do any double meanings spring to mind?
Only a couple, so for more prospects I reach for my big English dictionary. I find there are loads of entries under 'chip' including:
Chipping away at some task or project
Fish and chip shops
A small chip on a piece of crockery etc
A chip on the shoulder
A chip off the old block
When I reached 'A small chip...' I had an insight which led to today's demo joke.
today's demo joke
1. The linking of 'chip' / 'chipping' to the often-seen sign, Loose Chippings' on British roads warning of recent completion of road-surfacing
2. Realising that Loose Chippings could be a place-name.
As usual, I'm more interested in whether the workings-out of the joke seem logical and replicable to you than whether or not you find the gag funny.
When you have time, why not start by taking an open-minded look at a map or the index of an atlas, looking for links and double-meanings?