What makes a good dark comedy? Black comedies are an art not many writers can master, if only because it helps when your sense of humour is dark and twisted to begin with. What are the rules you should follow to begin constructing a story with darkly comedic elements? Most black comedies involve subject matter which people may find unsettling or discomforting. Violence, too, and by association murder, along with other crimes society deems to be deeply serious such as terrorism, abuse, drug use, disease, rape, even suicide , are furtive territory for any aspiring black comedy writer.
Comedy writing tips for newcomers
How to Write Black Comedy
So here are seven serious tips for writing a silly novel. The genre of your story can be a rich source of humor writing. Knowing your category will give you endless material to parody and poke fun at. For example, the sci-fi and fantasy magazine Clarksworld has a list here that includes talking cats and swords.
The Tree of Black Humor
Last Updated: February 25, References. This article was co-authored by Kendall Payne. Kendall specializes in directing, writing, and producing comedic short films.
As happens to so many of us, I was asked to write a sitcom for Croatian television. In addition to much Googling, I spent a good deal of time watching sitcoms. I was after tips on how they are constructed, and watched actively, looking to crack open their laugh-tracked shiny exterior to get at the goopy mechanism within, to see how they functioned. What I found out surprised me, and changed the way that I watch television. My giddy-panicked Googling actually produced fruitful results.