This essay discusses twelve types of joke structures. These structures are common patterns that I've noticed among popular jokes. In each case I included examples and how to best utilize each type of structure while avoiding its pitfalls. In case you're wondering, this list doesn't mean there aren't a hundred other ways to construct a joke. These are simply twelve of the most common. They include:
Redefinition & Retitling
Definition Through Obvious Exclusion
Inappropriate Suggestions For Personal Safety
Not Using Euphemisms Where Appropriate
Bringing Euphemisms Home
Underplaying Damages With Understatements
Overplaying Damages To Get Your Way
Analyzing Errors In Sentence Structure
Inappropriate Personal Settings
Asking The Obvious Questions
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Posted July 0, 2003 by Shayne Michael under Writing
Steve Martin was born in Waco, Texas to a real estate salesman, an aspiring actor and a housewife. Raised in Garden Grove, Martin started working at the Magic Shop at Disneyland, where he developed his talents for magic, juggling, the banjo and making balloon animals.
He majored in philosophy at California State University at Long Beach, which would play a big part in the type of comedy he developed. “In philosophy, I started studying logic, and they were talking about cause and effect, and you start to realize, Hey, there is no cause and effect! There is no logic! There is no anything!” While attending college, he appeared in an episode of The Dating Game. At 21, he dropped out of college for good.
Martin's girlfriend in 1967 was a dancer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. She helped Martin land his first writing job by submitting his work to head writer Mason Williams. ... [Read Entire Bio]