Monday, June 10, 2013

Writing Humor Into Your Story: Plays on Words

We're halfway through the list of ten elements you can use to add humor to your manuscript. Number six?

Plays on Words: Puns, malapropisms, mispronunciations, even dialects can get a laugh.

            In the movie, Airplane!, which was a spoof of all the disaster movies popular in the 1970’s, the character, Dr. Rumack, played by Leslie Nielsen attempts to explain the gravity of their situation to the hero. The hero says, “Surely you can’t be serious.” Dr. Rumack's reply?

Is there anyone who hasn't heard the Abbott and Costello classic, "Who's on First?" That's a perfect example of a play on words.

No one had a better handle on the art of Play on Words than the Marx Bros. Consider the following quotes from various movies:

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