Jokes are the stock of trade for comedians. The continued relevance of a comedian in the art depends on his or her ability to keep on churning about enjoyable jokes. Given these basic facts, one question that comedians are asked wherever they go is the on as to how they go about creating the jokes. That is the question we will try to tackle in today’s blog post.
In answering the question on how comedians go about creating jokes, I have to start by pointing out that there is no one single universal answer to the question. In other words, there is a variety of ways in which comedians go about creating their jokes.
There are comedians whose minds are always buzzing, trying to come up with new jokes. There are other comedians whose nature is such that they set aside special times to try and come up with new jokes. Then in the rest of the time, as they go about their other commitments, they don’t think about jokes or anything to do with jokes.
We also have comedians who listen to other people’s jokes, and from such jokes, they get superb ideas for their own jokes. Then we have others who don’t need external stimulus to come up with jokes: these typically being the folks who come up with the most original jokes: the jokes that then serve as the templates for use by comedy novices in crafting their own jokes. Strictly speaking though, there is still some external stimulus for these sorts of jokes: as the comedians typically base the jokes on what they encounter in the society around them (and that, strictly speaking, is a form of external stimulus).
It is important to take note of the fact that I am not saying the either of these schemes is superior: the one where you use external stimulus to create inspiration for jokes, and the one that there is no direct external stimulus are both equal. What matters, at the end of the day, is the quality of jokes that one manages to comes up with.