In my quest for humor (I’ll write more about my week off later) I decided to let my fingers do the walking and hunt up a Monty Python clip which one of my friends had mentioned the other day. Being a late bloomer when it comes to Monty Python (I shall never forgive my parents for all the lost years during which I could have been experiencing the wondrous British hiliarity) I had only seen the Parrot Sketch a couple years ago after I bought my husband a three disc set of Monty Python for Christmas. First, the clip:
Second, how that strikes me with writing: You take an ordinary occurrence and twist just one thing ever so slightly and then you suddenly have comedy gold. The dead parrot sketch begins on such a simple thing – a complaint about a dead parrot and bad customer service – then evolves into discovering the conspiracy to sell a dead bird. Customer complaints are seldom funny, nor are the customer service providers, but when you find out the parrot was nailed to the perch – hilarity.
When writing it’s easy to get caught up in the want of being clever, to get bogged down in expectation and to push one’s self to be OMGWTFBBQ HILARIOUS, but Monty Python offers us the best advice in my opinion: Take an ordinary situation, make one element unexpected, then let it play out.
And one more clip:
What technique works best for you when injecting humor into your works? Do you inject humor into your works? Is it necessary in all pieces?