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How Absurd Comedy Works

By | January 13, 2020

Excerpt from ‘The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy’ [Currency Press]©Tim Ferguson Absurd humour mocks any detailed analysis. Typically, each absurd joke or scenario is a world unto itself and has few specifics in common with other jokes in the genre. But there are some general guidelines to the art. It’s arguable that all comedy […]

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Gag Types: The Inescapable Conclusion

By | December 20, 2019

©Tim Ferguson What do the following pieces of comic dialogue have in common? 1. ALLAN: What are you doing Saturday night? MUSEUM GIRL: Committing suicide. ALLAN: What about Friday night? (‘Play It Again, Sam’) 2. Kim: I’m not a size 16, Mum. I’m a size 10. Kath: Country Road’s size 10. (‘Kath & Kim’) 3. […]

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