Despite a few initial hiccups, the plot of the low-budget comedy is slowly coming together. It ain’t easy, but I’m doing what I can.
First and foremost – making sure the story is solid.
Coming in at a very close second – the way the story takes place has to feel like this is the only way it could happen.
Bringing up the rear, but just as important as the previous two – it has to be funny, which may be the biggest challenge of all.
Comedy is subjective. Tastes vary.
Many’s the time I’ve watched a successful comedy, but didn’t find myself laughing that much. Maybe watching it with an audience in a theatre makes a difference.
My sense of humor might be considered somewhat on the dry side. To me, jokes conveyed in a subtle, low-key way tend to be funnier – and sometimes have more of an impact. Tell a joke without making it obvious one is being told.
Reading and watching a lot of comedies, it’s becoming more obvious that a lot of writers seem to consider a character making a smartass comment for no apparent reason as funny. I’ll be making a deliberate effort to not do that.
Something else that’s important – making it feel realistic. I absolutely hate when “something wacky” happens that simply wouldn’t in real life.
This is just part of the list. There’s a lot to think about, but I knew this was going to be challenging when the idea first hit me.
The jokes are out there. I just have to find the right ones.