Former Head Writer of the Tonight Show Picks His Joke of the Week

Congrats to Vinod Chhaproo for winning this week’s joke pick!

Pro comedy writer Joe Toplyn, Former head-writer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman, picks his joke of the week:

Winner: Vinod Chhaproo, Follow him on Comedywire

Joe’s comments:

Setup: Yes, There Are Now High-heeled Crocs

Punch line: Look on their website under guaranteed birth control

Vinod might have used Punch Line Maker #1 to write this great joke. That’s where you link two associations of the topic.

Most people would agree that Crocs are really ugly shoes, so the topic handle “Crocs” has the association “ugly.”

The other handle of the topic, “high-heeled,” has the association “sexy,” which is associated with its opposite, “unsexy.”

Vinod’s punch line links the associations “ugly” and “unsexy” by stating that the shoes are so ugly that they will repel all men.

Notice that Vinod uses Joke Maximizer #11: Don’t be too on-the-nose. An on-the-nose version of the punch line would be something like, “Look on their website under ‘least sexy shoes ever.’” Vinod’s version says the same thing but is funnier because it’s more indirect and therefore more surprising.

Vinod also uses Joke Maximizer #8: Wildly exaggerate. Not only are the high-heeled Crocs really unsexy, they are so unsexy that the company guarantees that you cannot get pregnant while wearing them.

It also helps that “guaranteed birth control” has six stop consonants, and Joke Maximizer #7 says that those add punch to a punch line.

Four-time Emmy winner Joe Toplyn is a former head writer for David Letterman and Jay Leno. He also wrote the book “Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV.”

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