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Always Go For The Joke

by on Jun.22, 2008, under Uncategorized

I watched Spaceballs a few months ago, and there was a scene that struck me. Spaceballs, of course, is a comedy, run through with jokes large and small. In one of the scenes, the evil ship is about to transform to a different shape. So one of the villains says…

“Prepare for…Metamorphosis! Ready, Kafka?”

Then they sort of wait for a beat…then cut somewhere else.

Now, on the face of it, this is a pretty lame joke. Kafka wrote a famous short story called “Metamorphosis”. Big deal, why even bother? However, I thought about it for a while and I came to the conclusion that if you’re writing a comedy, you should always go for the joke. No matter how stupid it is. There are a couple reasons for this.

1) Different people have different senses of humor. Something that may bring you merely a smile might make someone else break down in laughter. The more jokes you have, the more likely you are to entertain everyone.

2) The mood of Spaceballs is one of sustained humor. There’s joke after joke after joke…Having a sustained flow of jokes keeps the audience in the mood for humor, in the mood to enjoy the comedy of the entire movie. Plus, if your audience is in the mood for humor, even stupid jokes might be funny to them.

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