This is the topic of the first lesson of a self-guided, online course called Making It Funny: The Art and Science of Humor Writing.
In the first lesson of the six week class, we look at examples of humor writing and discuss what makes them funny.
For more detailed explanations, curated examples, and writing exercises to apply this to your own writing, you can sign up for the full course below. If you’d like to read a course outline, here’s link to learn more about Making It Funny: the Art and Science of Humor Writing. (If you’re a teacher who would like to teach a humor-writing unit in your classroom, you can find a classroom-ready unit plan on Teachers Pay Teachers. There is also a discounted version of the unit plan available at checkout when you sign up for the full course below.)Making It Funny: The Art and Science of Humor Writing