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Top 10: Knock, Knock
By Char Milbrett
he other day, I was approached by my youngest child. T "Knock, knock," she said, and I responded, "who's there?"
"Nobody," she said, and I naturally asked, "Nobody who?"
I mean, I was supposed to do that. It's a standard part of the joke. So, I waited expectantly for her to finish the joke. She sat, there quietly. Looked at me, not speaking. Started to grin. "Nobody!" she explodes. "Nobody is there. Like, duh." Did I raise this child? Sigh. I realized, it's all about listening closely. The joke was cute, but it left its mark on me. Perhaps writers need to learn to listen so they can get the humour.
So, here we go with the top 10 resources on comedy writing or learning to listen.
Humour Makes It HappenA collection of articles to pinpoint ways to learn. http://www.articlealley.com/article_108007_50.html College Of Comedy KnowledgeLearning how to get paid for being funny. http://www.stand-upcomedy.com/ Joey Callahan.comCoaching writing and stand-up comedy. http://www.joeycallahan.com/classes.asp Comedy Writing & MorePresenting production, workshops, shows, solutions. http://www.comedyfactory.com/welcome.htm The Guide To Writing ComedyLearning how to get past the people who hate comedy. http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/5729/Comedy.html Joke Writing ResourcePresenting how to write jokes. http://www.users.totalise.co.uk/~tmd/jokes.htm Migrant WritingReviewing cultural differences in writing. http://www.nceltr.mq.edu.au/writeaway/articles/shorties.htm The Writer At Work By Richard KrzemienIllustrating the comic experience of writers. http://www.thewriteratwork.com/ Welcome to Engrish.com!Appreciating humorous English mistakes that happen in advertising and product design. http://www.engrish.com/ Allen&Nichols – Profit From HumourOffering articles written to help you with humour. http://www.allen-nichols.com/articles.asp
Char Milbrett is an independent researcher, online since 2000, providing writers and business professionals with information needed to complete projects, novels, assignments, essays, articles, or any other type of undertaking requiring up-to-date facts and materials. Do you need help locating hard to find information? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Upon the trails we’ve known;
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