Ah well the first answer is you can't no one buys a joke, most comics don't even read jokes. Why not, well to do so is to risk being accused of plagarism even if you don't steal it and then get inundated with shit gags.
But I earn my living as a comic writer, or have done for the last 2 months.
So how does one do it.
Well too go through some of the jobs I've had over the last month.
Adding jokes to a book by a lawyer who got sent to prison and wanted it made funny.
Wrote a funny script and press releases for a Mormon tampon delivery company.
Wrote one liner script for company that wanted to advertise eggs, with references to movies.
Wrote some one liners on topical stuff for a very nice lady standup in NY.
So how did I get the jobs. Half through my Elance account, half through my website. I only got started on both by spending months, maybe a year doing some pretty shitty jobs for not much money. But I got paid and got good feedback, people saw the feedback and a nice site. And they think hey this guy maybe able to reliably write the jokes I want and away I go.
So you have to build a reputation, people have to know you and be able to see you are RELIABLY funny.
Probably the easiest route is to get into standup comedy and get good at it. Ok not brilliant, not headliner but a decent guy who writes good jokes. Then someone might actually ask you to be their writer, mostly though it's editing their stuff and being a sounding board.
Then there's Newsthump and other satire sites, online sketch shows, BBC open ops and even critique, Kirrin Island. I actually got a couple of nice opportunities via critique and London Comedy Writers.
Any where someone's doing comedy and there's an audience is where you should be.
Quote: danphobic @ 22nd January 2014, 6:45 PM GMT
The most common method is to try get a market stool at the weekends. There's a couple of guys on brick lane on sunday who sell theirs. I've bought a couple of Jokevelopes for friends as gifts and they generally go down well. Make sure each is presented well and written clearly inside teh envelope. Whatever you do, don't sell prints of jokes, as soon as they realise they just come back to the stool and complain. Mickey Flanagan used to tie ribbons around his for extra presentation.
The bagels are significantly better than the joke, now a salt beef and mustard joke....