What’s so funny?
I love to read books that make me laugh out loud—or at the very least chuckle.
I've been thinking about this topic for a while and really have no clear cut path to what is funny or how to write it. I think I’m personally a comedy writer's best audience because I will most likely laugh at anything. Especially stupid stuff.
For example: You use the word "Speedo" in a sentence and I'm going to laugh. There. I told you I laugh at stupid stuff. Speedo is a word that just strikes me as funny. But I understand that the majority of people out there thinking, “Jennifer is one strange dudette”.
So what is universally funny? I don't know. But I've come up with at least two things that I always enjoy when I read humor.
1) In romance--or any genre, really--I think I appreciate witty and snappy dialogue the most. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a master at that. (In my humble opinion) She can get her hero and heroine in a conversation that's so funny, you want to read it over and over to keep the laughter coming. Witty metaphors can probably get lumped into this category, as well. Nothing can get me to picture something funnier than a unique description to show me how funny the situation is in my mind.
2) I like embarrassing moments for a character, too. That's something I enjoy in real life as well. It's sheer hilarity. Situations where we want to crawl under a rock and die are ones we can relate to. We can picture ourselves in the moment perfectly. Nothing is as funny to me as when I see someone uncomfortable or put in an embarrassing situation. Of course, it's not funny for the person at the time who's undergoing the circumstance, but eventually they do see the humor in it. (Even if it's years later. )**cough cough**
I'm sure there's some things that I missed, but those are the things that pop into my mind when I read comedy.
When you read comedy, what strikes you as funny?