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By Gene Perret

The total diversity of methods for winning comedy writing is tested during this publication. the writer, certainly one of Bob Hope's most sensible writers, analyzes what he does to supply one-liners, anecdotes, monologues, formular jokes, caricature captions and teaches the reader easy methods to grasp the ability.

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He travelled, though, in a motorcade of 49 cars. That's your premise—the size of that motorcade. • * * • • 2. Some years ago Queen Elizabeth II visited California and was scheduled to visit then President Reagan's Santa Barbara ranch and then enjoy some horse' back riding with the President. However, heavy rains threatened to cancel the riding. Your premise is this: The Queen and the President would ride despite the rains and wet conditions. HERE'S WHAT YOU DO FOR THIS WORKOUT 1. List 15 things that might be associated with a motorcade of 49 cars.

One caption might say, "Please. " That's fine, but it is leaving the action in the photograph exactly the way it was intended—the monster is choking his victim. " Now the action in the scene changes. The monster is not murdering the victim, he's merely helping him with the ever troublesome tying of a bow tie. It's funnier now. " Now the monster is tying a cord around the client's neck not to strangle him, but to help him lose weight. A WORD BEFORE YOU START Study the photographs that you've selected and search out other meanings that they might have.

It's different. It's clever. That's disguising the punchline. One way to hide the punchline is to say something by not really saying it. Imply it, like the priest did. Use a colorful image that gets your idea across, but doesn't really say it. When you tell someone you'll get two Boy Scouts to help him across the street, you're saying he's old. When you ask someone to hold your wallet but warn that you've counted the money, you're implying that that person is a thief. When you tell someone to stand up when he's talking to you, and he is standing, you're saying he's short.

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