In this video from the TED-Ed YouTube channel, Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Cheri Steinkellner shares her best tips for making your writing funnier and more engaging. Here are a few of the key takeaways:

  • The more details you have in your story the better. Specific details give you more opportunities to make jokes.
  • Find the flaw in something or someone and play it up.
  • Challenge expectations and surprise your audience with opposites. Have the smartest character do something stupid. Or build up an idea like it’s the best thing ever, then explain why it crashed and burned almost instantly.
  • Turn your horrible experiences into fuel for funny stories and gut-busting jokes.

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