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The secret of comedy

comedy Feb 25, 2022

Hey, did you hear the one about the writer who was going to reveal the secret of comedy on a YouTube livestream? 

No? Well, have I got news for you! Comedy is what this week’s talk is all about. The sheer chutzpah of trying to answer the question of what makes something funny is pretty hilarious on the face of it. But the question was asked by one of you delightful storytellers, and who am I to refuse the call? 

I can’t promise that I’ll fully succeed in revealing the secret of comedy, but I intend to have a good time trying! Far more than mere entertainment, comedy creates space to look at hard things. Let's take a serious look at the art form that serves as the “conscience of the king.”

My weekly livestream about story structure, writing craft, and the mindset of the working writer happens on Wednesdays at 1 PM Pacific on YouTube. Come live and participate! Or catch the replays on...

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