Wednesday, April 11, 2012
J = Juxtaposition A to Z Challenge
Writing comedy can be difficult, especially when much of what we find funny is based on life experience. Comparison & Juxtaposition make one of the strongest elements of comedy and helps bridge the gap between experience & giggles.
Everyone understands that the team of a large fat man & a small thin man is funny: Fred Flintstone & Barney Rubble, the cartoon version of Classic Laurel & Hardy. Other funny combinations are: Large Bride & Thin Groom, Tall Thin Woman& Short Stout Man, Large Dog & Small Kitten, Large Cat & Little Mouse or Large Child & Small Parent.
Extend the juxtaposition to attitudes or character traits to win an audience & create uproarious laughter reminiscent of The Odd Couple: neat-freak & slob roommates. Today’s odd couple may be brothers: one with OCD, the other a Stoner. The combinations are endless; the comedy potential unlimited.
What juxtaposed couple comes to mind as a true life, yet funny pair?