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This tag should be used for questions that deal with the comedy genre, whether it be TV, movies, print, or standup. Use [humor] for questions about the use of humor within writing in any genre..

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Is it okay to break the fourth wall sometimes? [duplicate]

So in my book, I have a scene in a diner where the narrator is yapping on and then the Main character tells them to shut up. Is that an okay thing to add? I'm a first time writer so I'm not sure. ...
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Writing a surreal, dreamlike setting?

I am working on a concept for an existential horror / comedy, similar to works like the DHMIS TV show and Little Runmo. I already have a collection of strange, dreamlike entities; like an organic ...
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How do you make a normally terrifying premise into something funny?

I came up with an idea for a Club Penguin fanfic, which is supposed to be a sort of dark comedy where sometimes puffles attack and/or kill penguins because they are animals. Obviously, getting ...
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How long and/or big can a reference be?

In my story, there is a sidestory and character arc for a minor supporting character. Due to a war happening in the fantasy world, the character is drafted into the military, and is sent through basic ...
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Can the expectation of something funny be subverted with something dark and/or gruesome... And still count as comedy?

Dark humor is hilarious, but there's something to be said for a scene where normal humor, like back-and-forth quips and witty wordplay, is suddenly broken by, say, the corpse on the table splitting in ...
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Properly writing satire/parodies

For a while, there were many good satires/parodies, such as Naked Gun, Hot Shots, and the early Scary movie films. However, we see them beginning more in decline, and also the rise of so many terrible ...
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Making an antagonist both scary and funny

In the story for a game I am making, there is a sideplot involving a messed up cult as a minor antagonist. Originally, the cult was supposed to be a comedic villain, mainly as a parody of religion in ...
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Is the saving sidekick ever used outside of comedy?

I am writing a literary fiction, so it's not bound to genre tropes. Just the same, it has one a sidekick who may also be a foil. I'm not writing comedy although I have elements of humor, which life ...
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What is the opposite of parody?

What I mean is a parody/spoof is a comical adaptation. The opposite would be a dramatic adaptation. For examples, both Batman: the Movie (1966, Leslie H. Martinson, Disney/20th Century Studios) and ...
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What is the opposite of black comedy/dark humour?

What I mean is black comedy (or dark humour if you want) is a subgenre of comedy that consists to make light of otherwise serious topics (in other words, serious and horrible things played for laughs)....
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Could Abridged-Series-Style Comedy Fit a Fantasy Series?

Minus the obvious tropes like 4th-wall-breaking, pop culture references, or lampooning the source material that wouldn’t be usable in a serious novel, would you still be able to take a fantasy novel ...
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What to remember when switching from audiovisual comedy to written ones?

"Oh for God's sake, get on with it!", the half-elf's scream boomed through the fort. The uneasines was palpable, you could probably even slice out a big chunk and eat it. [Name] glanced back at ...
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What are the key elements of a humor story?

I've always loved humor stories, and relish the idea of making one. But the thing I cannot grasp is the key elements of one. Are the key elements the same as a normal story (Problem, Solution, etc.)? ...
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Comic Cruelty - Examples

In the movie Inglourious Basterds, there are many scenes employing what I can only describe as "comic cruelty". Acts of barbarity that yet somehow inspire glee and revelry in the audience. Anyone who'...
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Why an ancient vampire sleeping for centuries under some castle in Europe would come to Brazil? [closed]

A vampire has been sleeping under a castle in Austria for centuries. But now the castle became a tourist attraction. It's really annoying. And the taste of the blood of the people on the region didn't ...
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Mixing humour with horror in fiction

I got into trouble last year for submitting an assignment (Masters in Creative Writing) that included a story that sprinkled elements of humour (think Despicable Me) into a gritty and frankly ...
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How do I end a comedy sketch?

I have a premise, which I think is funny/clever. I want to write this as a comedy sketch, to be acted out or shot on video. I have three "scenes" which are basically three different re-capitulations ...
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Which is the best resource to learn how to write a sitcom?

Can anyone suggest me the best resource to learn comedy screenwriting for Sitcoms? I have read Melvin Helitzer's "Comedy writing secrets" book and learnt a lot from it. But I want to know in depth ...
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Which are the Best resource to learn comedy screenwriting?

Can anyone suggest me the best resource to learn comedy screenwriting for movies? I have read sydfield's screenwriting book and learnt a lot from it. But I know that comedy genre follows entirely ...
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Is breaking the fourth wall to the point of nonexistence appropriate for a comedy book?

After considering the style and setting for my first book, I've decided on writing a comedy treasure hunt set in a not too distant alternate future. I still have some final things to figure out before ...
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My first comedy plot draft is very bland - how far can I go on calling this out?

I'm currently working on my first book, a sci-fi comedy set on an alternate history Earth which has progressed at twice the rate of our own planet (they were at our current tech when William the ...
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Publishing an illustrated book- Self-Publishing or Corporate Publishing?

My friend and I have fully-fleshed out a comedic idea for a book, in a similar format to Jack Handy's "Deep Thoughts" (in that each page is a sentence or two). We would like accompanying ...
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How do I keep the plot interesting in a humorous book?

I am about to start writing a fantasy-comedy novel. A problem I found in 1-2 books of this genre is that the plot becomes weak, and the story starts to slow down. The reason I believe this happens is ...
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