There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

When asked to define great, he said, “I want to write stuff the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, and howl in pain and anger!”

Now he writes error messages for Microsoft.

*ba-dum tsschh!*

Writing comedy can be one of the most challenging tasks a writer can face. What is it that makes something genuinely funny? How do you stop that little voice in your head that’s telling you you’re reaching too far?

And even when you know what your joke is… how do you construct your set piece for maximum comedic effect?

After all, if your punchline falls flat then you’re dead in the water.

Well, never fear — it’s time to learn how to tickle your reader’s funny bone. Join Cheri Steinkellner for 5 minutes in this video, courtesy of TED-Ed, where she offers a few quick and handy tips on how to make your writing funnier!

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