Introduction to Writing for Comedic Form
CRWR 230 Sec 001
Winter 2016 Term 1
Instructor: Adjunct Professor, Dina Del Bucchia
Date / Time: Wednesday 3:00pm 6:00pm
Room: GEOGRAPHY 100
Course Outline/Evaluation Criteria/Assignment Guidelines
Joke Writing Assignment
Usually when I am at UBC, I will have classes 4 days a week. They begin at nine or ten in the morning and
they will end usually around five or six in the evening. While I am here on campus I am eating, studying
or in class. The wor
What is a joke?
A release of tension from our fears. Laughter resulting from the release of nervous energy
Amusement in others misfortune
When concept and reality are at odds Something turns out d
1. Sketch Comedy
Definition: A series of short comedy scenes (sketches) performed by a group of
Example from Class: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Creative Example: Saturday Night Live
Definition: A simple drawing often done in a no
A man pulls into a beautiful home with a white picket fence. He parks his luxury sedan and exits
wearing a fine cut Italian suit with a fancy watch. He gets a dozen red roses out of the back seat
along side his brief case.
Derek [as he enters his home wit
The Common Mans Morning
7:00AM The alarm rings and I decide to hit snooze.
7:10AM The alarm rings for the second time, I realise that I am broke and need to go into work, but tell
myself in 10 more minutes. I hit snooze again.
7:20AM The alarm rings for t
The New Yorker: Punch Line
What distinguishes the joke from the mere humorous tale is that it climaxed in a punch line- a
little verbal explosion set off by a sudden switch in meaning.
o A joke, unlike a tale, wants to be brief.
o Often jokes ar
One Liners Assignment
1.) My mom told me to get her some virgin olive oil
So I brought her all the ugly olives
2.) Hey I need to talk to you
You already are
3.) I went to my Doctor yesterday
He prescribed me an apple a day
4.) Hi my name is Gurtej and I h
CRWR 230 - INTRODUCTION TO WRITING FOR COMEDIC FORMS
Assignment #2: Joke-Writing
Course Value: 20%
Due: October 5th, 2016.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT A DOCTORS NOTE
OR LETTER OF ACADEMIC CONCESSION.
Purpose: To demonstrate an understand
CRWR 230 001
19 OCT 2015
20% of overall grade
To be done in 2nd half of class next week
Cover everything weve done in class so far
Guest lectures included
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