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Where can I get ideas about writing humorous stories?

Asked by Roby (2934 points ) September 1st, 2012

Comedy seems to be the hardest genre to work with. I have written love stories, fantasy and western. I can’t seem to think of much humor to write about.

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zenvelo's avatar

Not sure this is really a Meta question, should be in social.

Spelling and grammar will help.

MilkyWay's avatar

Life.
So many funny things happen when you live, and you’re out and about.

gailcalled's avatar

If the oddness of life (such as the recent GOP convention) doesn’t trigger any ideas, then perhaps you should keep your day job.

Comedians are born with the gene.

Check out the mini-essays, Youtube stuff, and late night show jokes about Clint Eastwood.

(I have written”.. and genre….please)

Coloma's avatar

I glean my humorous writings from everyday experiences. Truth IS stranger and funnier than fiction.

jaytkay's avatar

See if your library has some James Thurber books.

And I kind of remember an annual Anthology of American Humor, if you go to the library look for that.

Another master – Mark Twain Humorous Short Stories On-line

gailcalled's avatar

Also the humorous essays of EB White.

“Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.”

E. B. White, Some Remarks on Humor,

reijinni's avatar

Listen in to some tech support calls.

wundayatta's avatar

Don’t even bother. Very little of so-called humor is actually funny.

Either that, or pretend to be an 8 year old boy. That’s what seems to pass for humor from most comedians these days.

Sunny2's avatar

The ability to see humor is a gift that not everyone receives. Write what comes to you naturally.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It depends upon what you find humorous. Whose sense of humor makes you laugh? Here is a list of 10 Different Types of Humor. Do you tend to gravitate towards one of these? If so, tap into that style.

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