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SETUP-PUNCH LINE FORMULA HELPS BUILD A JOKE.

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Having trouble turning your ideas/premises into jokes???
One of the easy ways is to simplify everything. Don't exclude the ol' SETUP-PUNCHLINE method.
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(A basic joke is an INTRO, explaining what your topic is.
This is called the SETUP -keep as short as possible. Such as....)

MY NEW GIRLFRIEND


(Now that you've introduced your topic set audience up with a line that sounds like you're saying something sweet).


I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HER.
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL, SHE SEXY, SHE'S RICH...


(-turn on the smart ass and twist on audience...)
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...SHE'S IMAGINARY!



*Try using this simple formula to get the ball rolling for you! It still works for me. I write a simple joke and then when I have a punch line of some sort to work with...I can reword it, complicate it, expand it, etc. etc.
Once you have the blue print of the joke along with a punch line you can always change it up, or put it together with another joke in a similar theme to begin building bits.

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