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Humour Writing Versus Comedy Writing

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November 2009
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Similarities and Differences

What are the similarities and differences between humour and comedy writing? The words humour and comedy are often used interchangeably. Both terms have certain elements in common. Both also have certain differences. Writing humour is not the same as writing comedy.

Usually, the humorist writes an essay or article or filler that is amusing or funny. The humorist’s material is intended to be read. On the other hand, the comedy writer writes material to get laughs, usually in front of a viewing audience. Comedy writers are best known for writing material for situation comedies, comedy films, stand-up comics, and sketch comedy.

Humour writing and comedy writing are often based on truth. Both frequently use the same humour devices, such as irony, satire, exaggeration.

Both use the anecdote and storytelling. Both frequently require a setup and punchline.

Both use wordplay and the one-liner.

The intention of both is to create a comic effect. The humorist tends to write about subject matter that is funny. The humorist also writes about serious subjects or topics with the intent of making them funny. So does the comedy writer.

Humour writing and comedy writing are in important part of popular culture. Most magazines and newspapers include humour columns, articles, and essays. There are bestselling books that use humour and comedy to entice readers to buy the book. There are popular TV sitcoms and comedy films.

As well, both humour writing and comedy writing can be found on the Internet. To find humorous articles or columns on the web, check out your favourite newspaper or magazine. As well, visit the following popular websites:

For good comedy, visit the following websites:

Despite the similarities, comedy writing and humour writing are different in certain respects. For starters, most comedy writing is intended to entertain by provoking laughter, while most humour writing is more subtle and cerebral, intending to amuse, inform, educate, and persuade the audience to change its opinion. That being said, often humour writing provokes laughter in the reader.

Most humour writing is done for print publications, such as newspapers, magazines, or books. On the other hand, most comedy writing is done for TV sitcoms, comedy films, comedy sketches, and stand-up comedy.

Unlike the comedy writer, humour writing can take the form of“filler.” The filler is a joke, quote, or short anecdote that is used to fill space at the end of a column or page. According to “Comedy Writing Secrets”, there is no formula for“filler.” Good filler is one that the reader will want to quote or share with a friend. Reader’s Digest receives and endless number of fillers each month from aspiring writers and humorists. It publishes the best.

Opportunities to write humour or comedy are everywhere. Yet, before you can write funny or amusing material, you need to know how to write well. You also need to know how to use the popular humour and comedy devices, such as irony, satire, exaggeration, the one-liner, and wordplay.

For the next couple of weeks, I will be writing on humour and comedy. Next, I will write on the topic of the “humorist.”



1 Comment

  1. humour says:

    Trs bon article, merci

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