1. Gaining giggles
'Tis the season to be jolly, but all too often holiday humour leaves us groaning. So how can you craft your own comic gold to get your friends and family laughing?
Darren Walsh, winner of the 2015 best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe, reveals how to guarantee a giggle and create some real Christmas crackers of your very own.
2. The secret to the perfect one-liner
Fed up with the same old chestnuts leaving a bad taste in the mouth? Discover the logic behind a good joke by joining our mighty punnoisseur as he hits the shops in search of the gift of comedy.
3. Five step formula for forming funnies
With over 3,000 jokes to his name, Darren Walsh knows a thing or two about generating jokes. Here’s his five-step plan for writing waggish one-liners.
- You’ll want to start with the punchline, so have a look around you for a subject. This could be an object, a person or just a broad topic.
- Think of as many associated words as you can that stem from your chosen subject.
- Pick one of the associated words and think of a double-meaning for it.
- Think of how this double meaning could be misunderstood. The sillier the better!
- Deliver the joke with confidence – if you think it’s funny there’s a good chance others will do too.
Don't try to be too clever
To ensure amusement, punchlines must reveal an unexpected twist. Remember not to make the joke so obscure that your audience just don't get it.
4. Family Christmas crackers
Click on a family member to reveal a classic yuletide joke!
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5. Finding your comic genius
There are many different genres of jokes, from puns to politics. Find out which style you’d be best suited to.