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How to Write Dark Humor?

Kumquatodor
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5/20/2014 11:12:03 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I want to know how to write dark humor. Very dark.

The problem is that I am very bad at it. Very bad.

And there's no point if it isn't funny!
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5/23/2014 2:14:07 PM
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haha interesting question
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5/23/2014 4:04:54 PM
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At 5/20/2014 11:12:03 PM, Kumquatodor wrote:
I want to know how to write dark humor. Very dark.

The problem is that I am very bad at it. Very bad.

And there's no point if it isn't funny!

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5/25/2014 11:24:13 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/20/2014 11:12:03 PM, Kumquatodor wrote:
I want to know how to write dark humor. Very dark.

The problem is that I am very bad at it. Very bad.

And there's no point if it isn't funny!

Just make a story with a bunch of characters, many of whom are black, and every now and then, kill off a character because he/she is black.
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5/31/2014 5:07:50 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Just add all the serious topics like murdering babies, mistreatment of old/physically challenged people,religion,race and make it sound funny.
I cannot tell you how(as these are the stuffs that are to be practiced and learnt) but here's an example http://global3.memecdn.com...
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6/2/2014 5:25:46 AM
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At 5/31/2014 5:07:50 AM, Sashil wrote:
Just add all the serious topics like murdering babies, mistreatment of old/physically challenged people,religion,race and make it sound funny.
I cannot tell you how(as these are the stuffs that are to be practiced and learnt) but here's an example http://global3.memecdn.com...

You got to have the shock value in the punch line.

1. set up maybe something people are familiar with
2. pause let people think
3. punch line includes something people find disgusting

Don't do to many in a row.

What is the fastest way to unload a truck full of babies?
pause
With a pitch fork.

What do you say to a woman who has 2 black eyes?
pause
Nothing you already said it twice.

What do you call a black person on the moon?
...
An astronaut you racist bastard

See mundane then twisted sick punch line. But pause so people can imagine it.
notreallysofatmike
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6/2/2014 6:23:10 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
There's no teaching this material, you just need inspiration a comedian you look up to. Find you're dark humor don't take a lesson then you're just a hack if you do.
Phvro
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6/3/2014 5:58:54 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I write dark humor on a normal basis and this is my advice.

Humans have certain compulsions to sensationalize certain and relegate others. esseintially they take something seriously and others not. In reality everything has the capability of being funny. What i like to is research a certain topic, more specifically a tragedy of some sort, i read the details in a completely non biased way and take notes. After i take notes i review them, i imagine the event that occured in a more comedic tone, and then the magic happens.
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6/6/2014 10:37:33 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/20/2014 11:12:03 PM, Kumquatodor wrote:
I want to know how to write dark humor. Very dark.

The problem is that I am very bad at it. Very bad.

And there's no point if it isn't funny!

you take something that people are really really sensitive about. And then make an incredibly offensive punchline for it.

there's lots and lots of issues and problems that people are very sensitive to.
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6/23/2014 2:15:04 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/20/2014 11:12:03 PM, Kumquatodor wrote:
I want to know how to write dark humor. Very dark.

Grab a pencil and some paper, wait until midnight, and turn off all the lights :D

To be serious, learning by example is a great way to start. Even watching Monty Python's The Meaning of Life will help you develop ideas. In terms of actual reading, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five has a large helping of it, if you haven't read it already. That'd be my recommendation for a starting point.

Alternatively, you could always just keep on trying until you get it right, in your eyes. That's certainly a great way to develop a unique style.
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6/28/2014 12:29:26 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
It is simple.

1) Think of a kind of person who is at any sort of disadvantage, or who has been oppressed or is being oppressed, or at the centre of controversy, or even people who you feel sorry for. Disabed people, black people, gays.

OR

1a) Think of groups of people/acts which is illegal, sickening, and wrong. Such as rape, paedophilia, child abuse, massacre, genocide.

2) Once you have picked, ask yourself about any stigma/information attached to these. For example, why is there and what stigma is attached to black people? Well, ghettoes, slavery, theft, chicken, they aren't wanted by some, etc. This is in relation to chain 1.

OR

2a) What about these make them so sad? Any specific exampes? E.g. genocide, Jews, WW2.

3) Put two together, and make it a joke. Easier said, of course, but remember the punchline needs to be cruel, so it needs to preferably be mocking the victims as mentioned above. The punchline needs to be the link between these two, and it cannot be given away beforehand and should be inferred, not said.

So for example, what is the difference between a black person and cream?

Cream moves slower when whipped.

Here, what I did was use (1) to think of a person, and (2) for the attachment of slavery. With the (a) examples, you can say for example:

What is the similarity between the holocaust and banks?

Jews are fired in both.

The same applies here, I used the example of genocide, and Jews are a good example. Once you have the person, attach it to number one.

Once you have the basic idea, wordplay, linguistic devices, etc. can be used.
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