Gag Types: The Inescapable Conclusion

©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….

WHY DO WE LAUGH?

[Excerpt from ‘The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy’] THE NATURE OF LAUGHTER Everyone laughs, even Methodists. Though the trigger may vary, it’s a behaviour shared by virtually all human beings. The ability to laugh is deeply ingrained in our psychological make-up. For all we know, it has been with us since caves had en-suites….