For writers: 5 ways to be funny

Stripped Hyena

If you play your cards right, you’ll have them laughing like hyenas!

It’s been a week and a half since Purim, so I’ve gotten lots of feedback about this year’s Klempner family Purim Spiel. My husband and sister (fellow contributors) agreed with me that this year’s was less funny than last year’s, but we seem to be in a minority. As I mentioned last year, since I began writing professionally, my little hobby now feels like work, and I avoided cranking out a complete rough draft until the week before Purim.

And then, I deleted several stories at almost the last minute. They just weren’t funny enough. So, I prayed–yes, that’s what this professional writer with a Master’s Degree and a generally pragmatic outlook on life did–I prayed for new ideas. And G-d sent some!

Besides relying on Heavenly Intervention, there are other ways to be funny. Without further ado:

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How to write funny: what you can learn from Isaac Asimov

Asimov on Humor

A must-read for anyone who wants to write humor

When I first married my husband, I was delighted to discover among his possessions a copy of Isaac Asimov’s Treasury of Humor. I had read the book in high school and enjoyed reading it again, this time discussing it extensively with my husband.

Not only does this book contain jokes–great, classic ones–but Asimov explains why they’re funny, how to tell them, the origin of them, and if there are different versions. He explains the differences between shaggy dog stories, puns, black/gallows humor, and so on, and what makes each type tick. Asimov does this all in a chatty way that reminds you of your great-uncle shmoozing with you–it’s just so much fun.

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Grab your masks and graggers! Purim is coming!

Now, I know you’re going to say that Tu B’Shevat is the next Jewish holiday on the calendar, and we usually make a Tu B’Shevat seder around here and all that, but around the Klempner household, it’s Purim that gets us excited. That’s when we circulate our crazy “newspaper.” Every year. The groovy news is that this year, there will be a comics page! I’ll post the final product up as a downloadable pdf on Purim day, IY”H.

Looking for something to read to the kids about Purim? Ariella Stern (local Angelina) published another cute Lift-the-Flap book. It’s just out.┬áLots of Purim trivia, adorable illustrations, and good for ages 2-7.

new purim book

Purim Guess Who?