Jane Epsenson often breaks down jokes on her blog, analyzing their types. At first I didn't like this. I wanted to think that I'm just funny, and there isn't a method or formula behind it...that it's cheating to construct jokes instead of writing what magically comes to you. But now I have started to recognize and appreciate the kinds of jokes she talks about. For example, on Monday's Greek (which you can watch online):
It's like we're a boy band, and I'm the fat one.
I believe it's pronounced Fatone.
Boom! Double punchline! Rusty's line would have been funny on its own, but it was twice as funny with the extra punchline. BTW, once I wrote the dialogue down I realized it was even funnier spoken than written, because on the page you kind of see the joke coming. I feel like I should make a point about writing for actors and TV and not people reading...but let's be honest, it's gonna be a while before I've got people reading, much less actors speaking.
Not really sure why I turned into Captain Positivity there... but anyway. Gonna try to get a lot done this weekend. I've got a new teaser to my pilot that basically retells the original teaser AND act one in 8 pages. Which is great. Except now I have to rework everything and add a whole other act.