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- Break the rules, particularly the one's you've just made.
- "Blue" comedy - including but not limited to shit, fart, dick, sex, bodily noise, bodily function, masturbation and vagina jokes - works great in one-liners and in conversation, but tends to fall flat when written, gets old after a minute of constant use, and was never good for anything more than cheap laughs, anyway.
- Never talk down to your audience. People are dumb, and nothing pisses people off more than telling them this.
- Never talk over your audience. People are dumb, and nothing pisses people off more than telling them this.
- A good original line is better than a great quote.
- The truth can be funnier than any lie (this was one of my rules even before reading this).
- Avoid overwriting. Your audience should be left wanting more, not less.
- Comparisons are better than any adjective you can come up with, but should be used in moderation.
- Ask yourself "What am I saying?" at least 10 times before, during, and after the writing process and
- Comedy is about making other people laugh. Write for yourself. Rewrite for your audience.
And lastly and, in my opinion, most importantly...