How to Write a Joke

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the masters of comedy. One of the all-time greatest sitcoms was Seinfeld which was literally a show about nothing, based on the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld. It was awesome! In this short video he tells the NY Times the process of how to write a joke.

I think I’m funnier than I actually am. I tend to be the one laughing at my dry sense of humor more than anyone else. Sometimes my timing is off and sometimes I miss the punchline altogether. But this video challenges me in so many different ways outside of comedy itself. I tend to find ways to relate and learn from most of my experiences (like watching this video). For instance, I started asking myself questions…

  • When was the last time I put that much effort into something I cared about?
  • When was the last time I put that much thought into communicating an idea, perfectly?
  • When was the last time I really enjoyed the process my craft?
  • When was the last time I had a pop tart? (Just seeing if you’re still reading…)

I want to challenge you to rewatch this interview. While you’re watching, it is ok to laugh (it’s funny) but start asking how the process of writing one joke can change the way you approach what you do.

What questions stuck out to you as you watched this?

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