Humor writing advice

Some Humorists to Check Out For Laughs and Inspiration

When in doubt find other funny people to help you write your humor

Kyrie Gray
Jane Austen’s Wastebasket
6 min readSep 19, 2021

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I write a lot of humor. But the only reason I can write funny stuff is because I read a lot of it when I started and continue to read it as I improve. Reading other humorists allows you to explore voices, forms, and styles you might want to play with so you can see what works.

So, in no particular order besides tallest to shortest based on no evidence at all, some humorists you should read and (if you write humor) learn from.

Alice H. Lahoda is first. She’s got a ton of great humor out there to read. For my purposes I suggest you check out this piece where she rewrites some famous monologues to address the spammers in her life:

This piece effectively shows how one might use pop culture to enhance their premise. We all wish we could say witty or memorable retorts to spam callers. But we’re not in a movie. Yet what if we were?

Think of your favorite speeches in movies. Could they be rewritten to reflect moments in our mundane lives? How would modern couples make big romantic gestures while also respecting personal space and not being creepy? Could those villain speeches be rewritten to be Next Door posts? Play with the idea and see what happens.

Kegan Witzki writes a regular column in which he gives relationship advice to struggling characters from fairy tales and mythology:

Pretending to be an expert gives Witzki a strong premise to work with. What if these characters sought help for their relationships like we do today? He uses very specific details to enhance the humor, meaning it’s not…

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