I’m often asked how I can teach comedy writing when there’s so much sadness in the world. I think my interest in comedy writing evolved because of that sadness – I truly believe humor helps people cope in difficult times and has the ability to offer hope to others.
Whether it’s writing a satirical piece or a personal essay, humor helps the audience to digest the sadder parts without feeling overwhelmed. And in fact, some of the best comedy addresses subjects that sound the furthest from funny, like family conflict, health problems, and political issues.
Comedy helps us realize that when things are dark and everything is terrible, we can still laugh as there are elements of humor in everything.
What I like most about comedy writing is that anyone can try it. You don’t have to be the funniest person in the room because there are specific techniques that you can use to make your writing funnier. Even a line or two goes a long way to contrast more serious content.
Do you use humor to address serious topics? I’d love to hear from you!