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Stop Boring Content With
Comedy Writing Secrets
Tim Washer
@timwasher
Laws of Comedy
• Hard Left Turn
• Pain
• Hard K sound. And X
• Numbers: Odd is funnier than even
• ”Goat”
• Call-back
• Vu...
https://youtu.be/MSqXKp-00hM
“With this in the backdrop, IBM is
re-positioning the mainframe as a
back-to-the-future alter...
Hyperbole
Parody
“They said in 4 minutes something I've been saying for 10 years with
hundreds of thousands of words.”
https://youtu.be/cju...
Political attack ad parody with Ann Handley https://vimeo.com/60120766
Juxtaposition
Put an extraordinary character in an
ordinary situation
youtube/DudeDayFilms
Anachronism
https://vimeo.com/207290508/bb58470afd
Suggestion 1 Suggestion 2
Attributes
Juxtaposition
Suggestion 1 Suggestion 2
Attributes
JUXTAPOSITION
Circus Bacon
Creepy
Circus
Clowns
Shovel
Trapeze
Pigs
Bacon
Farm
Ham
Eggs
Rooster
The Shining
Confetti
Clowns Farm
Attributes
• Rainbow hair
• Giant shoes
• Makeup
• Packed into car
• Balloons
• Farmer
• Livestock
• Early ris...
Captions
For Sale:
Leather sofa.
Seats 5 comfortably
My little girl’s
becoming a
woman
Plymouth Rock
Where the
pilgrims hid the
spare house key
Delaware River Gap
Paddling through the
state forest we
spotted 4 bald eagles
and one with a pretty
bad comb-over
WARNING: Beware
of bears making
announcements
Waited here for
10 minutes
before I realized
this wasn’t a
Cinnabon
Rijksmuseum Schiphol
Airport
Ask me anything at the Post-Presentation Huddle!
tim@timwasher.com
@timwasher
Stop Boring Content with Comedy Writing Secrets
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Stop Boring Content with Comedy Writing Secrets

  1. 1. Stop Boring Content With Comedy Writing Secrets Tim Washer @timwasher
  2. 2. Laws of Comedy • Hard Left Turn • Pain • Hard K sound. And X • Numbers: Odd is funnier than even • ”Goat” • Call-back • Vulnerability
  3. 3. https://youtu.be/MSqXKp-00hM “With this in the backdrop, IBM is re-positioning the mainframe as a back-to-the-future alternative. The tone of Hoey’s spoof training video is in keeping with the kinder, humbler image IBM now seeks to project.”
  4. 4. Hyperbole
  5. 5. Parody
  6. 6. “They said in 4 minutes something I've been saying for 10 years with hundreds of thousands of words.” https://youtu.be/cjuGCJJUGsg?t=1m9s
  7. 7. Political attack ad parody with Ann Handley https://vimeo.com/60120766
  8. 8. Juxtaposition
  9. 9. Put an extraordinary character in an ordinary situation
  10. 10. youtube/DudeDayFilms
  11. 11. Anachronism
  12. 12. https://vimeo.com/207290508/bb58470afd
  13. 13. Suggestion 1 Suggestion 2 Attributes Juxtaposition
  14. 14. Suggestion 1 Suggestion 2 Attributes JUXTAPOSITION Circus Bacon
  15. 15. Creepy Circus Clowns Shovel Trapeze Pigs Bacon Farm Ham Eggs Rooster The Shining Confetti
  16. 16. Clowns Farm Attributes • Rainbow hair • Giant shoes • Makeup • Packed into car • Balloons • Farmer • Livestock • Early risers • Rooster • Tractor
  17. 17. Captions
  18. 18. For Sale: Leather sofa. Seats 5 comfortably
  19. 19. My little girl’s becoming a woman
  20. 20. Plymouth Rock Where the pilgrims hid the spare house key
  21. 21. Delaware River Gap Paddling through the state forest we spotted 4 bald eagles and one with a pretty bad comb-over
  22. 22. WARNING: Beware of bears making announcements
  23. 23. Waited here for 10 minutes before I realized this wasn’t a Cinnabon Rijksmuseum Schiphol Airport
  24. 24. Ask me anything at the Post-Presentation Huddle! tim@timwasher.com @timwasher
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