Creativity #32 - THE LAW OF COMEDY and how to use it in DRAMA too!

So you probably all know the Law of Comedy but for those of you who don't, here it is in a nutshell:

THE LAW OF COMEDY
1. Make a good joke.
2. Make the same good joke again.
3. Make the same good joke again but this time have a twist to it, or flip it around somehow.

That is the Law of Comedy and it works. Beautifully.

But did you know you can also apply this law to DRAMA or any type of play, and that it is a great way to tie things together in a really cool way?  

Well, it is!

Here's an example:

In my therapy play, THE EYES OF LOVE, which is about disfunction in therapy, relationships and more, I used a Joke metaphor to link up what was happening to the main character.  Early on in the play, the crazy client Annalisa, (who was played stunningly by the great actor Jennifer Pierro,) is running around crying, screaming, and basically going nuts in therapy. Trying to calm her down, the therapist Mark Ryan, asks her if she would like to hear a joke which he had originally heard earlier in the play from his therapist.  
Annalisa replies" OK." 
So he delivers his joke:
"How many therapist's does it take to change a light bulb?
"I don't know. How many?"
Mark replies, "One, but the lightbulb has to want to change."

Yes it is an old tired joke, but then at the very end of the play, after a wild crazy group session where Mark and his therapist really step over the line in terms of what is ethically correct, Mark turns to his therapist and says:

"How many therapist's does it take to change a light bulb?
"I don't know. How many?"
Mark replies, "One, but the therapist has to want to change."

Bing. Bing. Bing. In some weird and wonderful way, it completed things.

I do this all the time in my writing. I take an early element, or phrase from the play, and I link it up again a bit later and then I do it again at or near the end with a little twist.  IT JUST WORKS.  It somehow completes things in an awesome, fun and sometimes miraculous way.

So explore the LAW OF COMEDY even in your DRAMAS, and see what happens!

Posted on February 1, 2015 .