Humor Writing: Not Just Something to Laugh at

Humor Writing: Not Just Something to Laugh at

Most everyone loves to laugh. Sharing jokes is fun and allows people to connect through shared aspects of humor and humanity. The Grizzly's love for jokes can be seen in our previous issue, a satirical issue titled The Goofly. Expanding upon the importance of humor and educating students, Dr. Talia Argondezzi is currently teaching ENCW-216 – Humor . ENCW-216 is the blanket number for special writing topics, and the class's title changes each semester as the topic changes. to Argondezzi, “Humor writing is synonymous with comedy writing – any writing whose main purpose is to make others laugh, even if it also has additional purposes of elucidating something about the human experience or critiquing a social problem.” This class focuses primarily on what might be considered “pure” humor writing – short satire. Argondezzi asserts that the most important aspect of humor is originality because all comedy relies on surprise to elicit laughter. She states that it is helpful to see what themes and jokes are already circulating so that people can find a place for their own original ideas, which is why the class spends a reasonable amount of time reading and analyzing contemporary humor. Giving us the inside scoop on humor writing, Argondezzi lets us know that “there are a few comedy secrets that are easy to pick up once you know them. The rule of three, for example: establishes a list where the first two elements […]

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