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Just about anyone past the 6th grade can tell you that a punchline is the funny part of a joke.
And you don’t have to be a comedian to know that a punchline contains an unexpected element of surprise.
But here’s the big question…
How does knowing that information help any comedian produce punchlines in their stand-up comedy material that will actually work to get laughs? The reason that I ask is because…
If you found this article as a result of looking for information on how to write punchlines, answer this important question before you continue:
How did you write punchlines that generated laughs before you started looking for information about writing punchlines?
I ask because if you have used (and are using) your sense of humor and comedy talent to cause others to laugh in common, everyday conversations — then you have already been producing and delivering powerful punchlines that have worked to get laughs for years. Continue reading
I was surfing online, looking for information on how to write a punchline when I came across an article from eHow.com called “How To Write A Punchline” — supposedly for those who want to know how to be a stand-up comedian.
There were 5 points presented, all of which were generic at best and accurate in a general way, but tip #4 for how to write a punchline actually made me laugh out loud: Continue reading