Writing for a Laugh

The biggest problem with writing comedy or humour (for me) is trying to be funny. Chances are, when you actually try to be funny you don’t succeed. Humour tends to be impulsive and it works best when it isn’t expected.

The funniest stuff isn’t someone having an accident or getting hurt. Pain and suffering are not funny. Though people will laugh when they are nervous or upset. Is that really the kind of laugh you, as a writer, are looking for?

Humour works best when it takes us by surprise.

The Adventures of the Wilderness Family

This is the family adventure movie I remember – even more than 30 years after watching it with my Dad, brother and sisters in the movie theatre. The scenes I remember most involve a grizzly bear attacking the cabin, orca whales bobbing their heads up while the family float on a flat shelf of ice and struggling to build something to shelter themselves once they land, alone in the wilderness.

There are three movies in the series. I don’t know if I ever did catch the third in the series but I well remember the first two. I have watched them again, on TV, but seldom manage to be in the right place and time to catch them. I would enjoy seeing all three and showing them for my nephew and nieces who are now the ages we (my own brother and sisters and myself) were when we first watched the adventure.

I have to admit I have a huge interest in survival type of stories, including end of the world scenarios and crash landing type things like the Swiss Family Robinson. But, there are not a lot of great survival stories for the whole family to watch which are also not taken down into the genre of silly/ stupid comedy. The comedy really spoils it for me. I’d rather have the suspense and the science behind the survival of the family.

If you have seen a great family adventure survival type of movie write about it in the comments below. There must be other great family movies out there, without the over done humour.

How would you write about a family who get caught out in the wilderness? How would the whole thing start, just another camping trip gone wrong, or something more dramatic and unique?

Do you Want to be a Movie Reviewer?

At this time of year people talk about movies and everyone has some kind of opinion. Could you write movie reviews, as an official, paid movie critic? It’s not for everyone. I’m happy on the sidelines, just offering my free advice and reviews to the general discussion.


Fab Job: Become a Movie Reviewer
Make Use of: How to Write a Movie Review Online and Earn Money Doing It
eHow: Money: How to Become a Film Critic
eHow: Money: Career as a Movie Critic
Freelance Writing: So You Want to be a Movie Critic
HubPages: How to be a Film and Movie Critic
Salary: Dream Job: Movie Critic
2BlowHards: Movie Reviewing: Job? Career? Calling?
Moviefone: Rough Cuts: How to Become a Movie Critic
The Guardian: Film Blog: What every film critic must know

Here is a movie review job. Not one I’d send anyone to apply for, they don’t sound very ethical or concerned about an honest review.

Movie Review Writers Needed: This job is always open so feel free to apply ignoring the job posting date.

We are looking for movie review writers to write reviews on various movies on regular basis. All the reviews should be positive review with critics in favour of positive points and no negative critics.

We will provide you the title and you have to write a positive review on them. The movies will be from all Genres such as Drama, Animation, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Animation, Sci-fi etc.

Movies will include old, new and upcoming releases.

This is ongoing work. You will have to write movie reviews on regular basis.

Following are some of the terms for writing reviews

Reviews shall be in about 500 words
All reviews shall be unique and shall not be copied from any sources
All reviews shall be grammatically correct
Reviews would be our copyright so you can’t publish them in any media including Online
You have to write review with keywords stuffed in them. We will provide guidelines on which keywords to stuff in.
Ideally you should have watched the movie, if not then you will have to rewrite review based on official review release and other online reviews.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Watching replays of Corner Gas this morning. I think the Comedy Channel is running them 24 hours a day over the New Year.

The one on right now is where Brent goes on vacation, a staycation. He is sitting right at the gas station, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, but ignoring everyone. He even sends postcards from Dog River as if he was sending them from exotic locations.

If you were taking a vacation like Brent how would you make sure no one knew you were actually home? Could you hide in plain sight? Write yourself into the ultimate staycation.

The Handwriting Meme

For the Handwriting Meme from Sanni-licious. I found the meme on Comedy Plus. Here are the rules from Sanni-licious.

1.) Go ahead, get a piece of paper and a pen. Prepared? Okay!
2.) Write a pangram* in your language. Sign your paper with your first name or your nickname (not your signature!!!). You can also include your blog URl if you want to.
3.) Take a picture.
4.) Post it on your blog! Leave a comment here (or a trackback) once you have posted.
5.) Link back and tag – don’t be shy!

Yes, it is that simple!