Questions About Comedy

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jyans cole

  • Thursday 29th October 2020, 2:12pm [Edited]
  • United States
  • 1 posts

I don't know if this is the right place, but I've suddenly become interested in the nuances of a joke. I figured that since many of you on this message board are comedians (or aspiring) or at least care a good deal about comedy I could get some good info. For any of you out there who feel inclined to answer, I just have a few short questions.

In your opinion, what is the most important part(s) in telling a joke?

Is there a certain structure to a joke that makes it "funnier"?

What kind of jokes do you think are the funniest or that get the most positive reaction?

What is something that really takes away from a joke?

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Aaron

  • Thursday 29th October 2020, 4:33pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,750 posts
Quote: jyans cole @ 29th October 2020, 2:12 PM

In your opinion, what is the most important part(s) in telling a joke?

Jokes - especially traditional ones - are always built on some element of surprise, so timing is key.

Quote: jyans cole @ 29th October 2020, 2:12 PM

Is there a certain structure to a joke that makes it "funnier"?

I think it's more dependent upon the teller.

Quote: jyans cole @ 29th October 2020, 2:12 PM

What is something that really takes away from a joke?

It being very laboured: either slow and plodding, or unknowingly unoriginal.

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Bob Carolvorderman

  • Sunday 6th December 2020, 7:01pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 130 posts

Got to admit, also the personality of the 'joker' is important, Frank Carson could read out a tax return and he'd make it hilarious, it is literally the way he tells them. Similarly, Vic and Bob's style is quite unique and surreal but if others did it, it wouldn't work, reminds me when Paul Merton tried to redo some Tony Hancock sketches and failed miserably so maybe charisma and maybe also the 'time' of the joke is part of its DNA, just my ramblings.