Write Funny Using Simple Tools

Write Funny Stacey GustafsonWant to write funny? Then you must immerse yourself in humor. Read the works of hilarious writers, like David Sedaris and Nora Ephron. In order to understand the cadence of a perfect joke, watch comedy sitcoms, such as Modern Family and Black-ish. Pay attention to a comedians’ timing and delivery. Notice their facial expressions and body language. Once you understand the structure of a single joke, you’ll have no problem writing a longer humor piece.

Check out the following tools in order to improve your humorous writing skills.

Read Funny Books

46 Hilarious Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud

Want a fun new read to dive into? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve got you covered with everything from classic to contemporary titles. Consider this the ultimate comedy booklist with something for everyone.

Watch Comedy Sitcoms

These best current sitcoms are among the funniest on television today with witty jokes and lovable characters.

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Modern Family
  • Black-ish
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • The Simpsons
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • The Goldbergs
  • The Good Place
  • Mom

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Go to Stand-Up Comedy

50 Best Stand-Up Comedians of All Time

From old-school nightclub veterans to alt-comedy legends, Patton Oswalt to Pryor, our picks for the greatest to ever grab a mic.

  • Tig Notaro
  • Patton Oswalt
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Kathleen Madigan
  • Brian Regan
  • Jim Gaffigan
  • Steve Martin


Read How to Write Comedy

There are many books on writing comedy. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Book on How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, And Get Paid For It by Mel Halitzer
  • Do You Talk Funny? by David Nihil
  • The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter

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You can learn to write funny by watching and reading the best work from humorists, stand-up comics and funny sitcoms, all from the comfort of your living room sofa. Now you have some of the essential tools necessary to get started on your humorous fiction novel or memoir. What are you waiting for?

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