First things first, work out what comedy YOU like. The important word here is YOU. Hence why it’s in capitals. Twice.
You often hear that comedy is subjective. It’s personal. And that’s because it is. What’s hilarious to you is not to someone else. Which is why it’s really frustrating when someone tells you ‘you’re not funny.’ What do they know? For that matter, what do I know?
I know that there are some things that make me laugh – e.g.
Edgar Wright films – e.g. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz,
Airplane! and anything made by Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker
Romantic Comedies (I’m a sucker for them)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Key of Awesome (why did you leave us?)
The Midnight Beast
A pretty random list right? But they make me laugh. Out loud. And that’s what counts.
There’s other comedy that fail to make me laugh – e.g.
Panel shows with the same comedians showing off (all of them)
The Office (sorry but I just don’t get it)
All are highly-acclaimed and lots of people find them funny. Prove that comedy is subjective.
What would be on your list? Write one out so you can work out what comedy you like. Looking at my list, it’s hard to tell. But there are a few recurring themes – e.g. goofball comedy that comes out of nowhere, surreal and slightly left-field, funny songs and parodies,
Hmm… I need to start putting this into my writing. And maybe you do too, dear writer. Not what’s on my list of themes. But what’s on yours,