Year 8 Comedy Stories

Welcome back to humour!

Source: Jeff Parker, (2011). Florida Today.

No Breathing by Michael Rosen

Rosen. M. (n.d.) No Breathing. Retrieved from

The Car Trip by Michael Rosen

Rosen. M. (n.d.) The Car Trip. Retrieved from

Comedy should be used to support an amazing story

                        Comedy Should Be Used to Support an Amazing Story

Writing comedy isn’t easy. Many authors struggle to place humour so it sits naturally and unobtrusively within a story. 

The best funny short stories you read should:

The writer uses humour to support a great story. 

They do not try to be funny for the sake of being funny.

Think of a story like a roast dinner. The main focus is the meat – beef, lamb, pork, chicken or whatever. Gravy is used to compliment the meal. In this analogy, the story is the meat, and the humour is the gravy. If the beef is chewy, or the chicken dry, an awesome gravy is not going to make the meal enjoyable, even if it’s cooked by a great chef.

The characters need to be excellent, the plot gripping, the idea original and engaging, the presentation professional. The humour should simply complement the story, giving it style and making it more enjoyable to read.

Ms Grech

Login to LibApps