I’ve written several blog posts on the subject of comedy, but never on how to come up with ideas.
So, here goes…
1. Always write shit down.
If you have a good idea, write it down. Even if it’s rough around the edges, or you don’t know where it’s going. Hell it doesn’t even have to be that good.
A merely semi-adequate idea can bring forth better ideas. Sort of like how mediocre parents can have amazing children.
2. Look, Look, Look
Always be on the hunt for funny material. Listen in on people’s conversations, watch Netflix comedy specials, check Wikipedia for different comedians, films, and shows to watch, and read everything. Even shit that isn’t supposed to be funny.
Go to an alarmist political website even. Salon, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Breitbart, and InfoWars are all great places for a laugh. The more extreme the better. These outlets give comedians great sources of material for writing satire as the extreme editorial biases of these publications often lead to their journalists making ridiculous claims or sharing moronic opinions. Hell, even mainstream sources such as the Washington Post do this (Their “Democracy Dies in Darkness” tagline is laughably pretentious. No, WaPo, you’re not some sort of beacon of truth in Orwellian times. You’re just another anti-Trump paper. Guess what? Ninety per cent of modern journalism shits on 45. You ain’t special, bitch!).
3. Get some sleep, shithead.
It’s hard to be funny without energy. Staying stimulated is necessary in order to produce material. A mind that can’t stay awake is useless. You’ll need brain power to come up with clever jokes and scenarios. Fatigue will make it ten times as hard to come up with a good joke than if you are alert. And once you’re no longer tired, you’ll realize that what you wrote on 2 hours of sleep is utterly unfunny, incomprehensible garbage.
4. Be happy.
I know. I’m giving you some incredibly wuss-ass advice but this is important. While it’s possible to think of comedy gold in a fit of seething rage, it’s hard for one to focus on being funny when he or she is not in the mood for jokes. So, even if your funniest delivering jokes with an angry or depressing persona, its much easier to create these ideas when you feel good.
Anyway, I hope this advice is helpful to all you readers out there. If it’s not, well…
Tough shit. My advice is free. Stop bitching. But if you do have some additional advice on how to be funny, let me know.