another type of 'format' joke
Here are three huge tips:
2. Don’t worry about whether the two people being joined together in matrimony actually didn’t live at the same time. As comedy writers, we have free access to a wonderful thing called ‘artistic license.’
3. In the run-up to the punchline, try not to give away the punchline too early. Perhaps allude to the first person in the gag but fully name the other, as I’ve done. Yes, keep them guessing, but don’t leave them mystified after the punchline.
TODAY'S JOKE: the initial spark
I decided that if I was going to use George Soros in any gag, for the benefit of anyone listening / reading the end result, I had to put in a brief explanation of who he is.
bringing in bronte
Get good, at spotting these and they'll leap out at you.
Disguising the punchline
If Emily Bronte married George Soros, would she be known as Emily Bronte-Soros?
This is OK, but maybe it gives the punchline away too early. Generally I want to disguise that moment a bit. Instead of just saying ‘Emily Bronte’ I allude to her via her most well-known book, Wuthering Heights. This puts a semi-block on the audience’s thinking, delaying the punchline and (perhaps) making it more surprising and, all being well, funnier.
Terry Dactyl: Best Man
Dinah Saur, Maid of Honour
Why not have a go?
This is frustrating and annoying.
Find these names in: magazines, newspapers, the book of hit singles, biographical dictionaries etc etc
and / or
Plough through internet listings of current and historic politicians, writers, celebs of any genre, characters in any form of literature.
YOU LOSE NOTHING BY HAVING A GO.
Have a great day and hopefully see you tomorrow.