As anyone who reads this blog knows, I’m fascinated by what makes effective comedy. I was recently listening to Joe Rogan’s interview of comedian, Tommy Chong, who explained his belief that the secret of comedy is the pause. Chong explained that the pause, or beat, that takes place before a punchline is necessary because it gives the audience time to formulate what they expect someone … Continue reading Comic Timing
The Hero’s Journey vs. The Tale-Type Index I’m fascinated by the mechanics of good storytelling and have really enjoyed learning about the hero’s journey while reading The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. However, I recently had the opportunity to hear from Tok Thompson, a professor of anthropology at USC. Rather than focusing on Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey as the underlying structure that … Continue reading The Hero’s Journey
I’ve devoted considerable thought to the question of “what is funny?” yet made very little progress into conclusively answering it. In asking that question, I’m not simply inquiring into examples of things that are funny, but asking instead why the things that we find funny are funny. I’ve had this conversation with a number of people and these conversations have given me some insights. A … Continue reading What is Comedy?
Some find surreal or absurd comedy to be amusing while others do not. For context, surreal comedy defies logic and expectation for the sake of producing humor. Those who do not find it amusing often comment on its childishness while those who do find it funny and intelligent admire that a vivid understanding of logic and expectations must be understood in order to defy such … Continue reading Surreal Comedy