How Does a Writer Create a Humorous Effect on the Audience?

Language and Humor

In the one-act-play written by Alan Ayckbourn, I read the play “Mother Figure”, I didn’t find the plays I read very funny, because I think Ayckbourns sense of humor is different from mine. He did show me the principles of reaching the audience. The first one I observed is that humor is most often unexpected.

The writer often uses his life stories and modifies it so that it relates to the audience. The author has to tell a life story that anyone can relate to. The author sets up a situation in life, and everyone forms an expectation about the outcome of the story, then comes the punch-line, the punch-line punches you and knocks you off in the opposite direction, which makes the sudden change in the joke that’s really unexpected makes a joke funny.

Below is a dialogue that shows Lucy was very obsessed with children that she forgot how to interact with other adults:

Lucy: Would you care for a drink or something?
Rosemary: A drink? Oh — well — what’s the time? Well — I don’t know if I should. Half-past — oh yes, well — why not? Yes, please. Why not? A little one,
Lucy: orange or lemon?
Rosemary: I beg your pardon?
Lucy: orange juice or lemon juice? Or you can have milk.

The dialogue there indicates rosemary was expecting alcohol. Still, Lucy automatically assumed “drinks” meant juice and not alcohol, because that’s what kids drink, and she only has kids on her mind for an extended period.

Sometimes humor can also be derived through exaggeration. For example, the poem “Dear Advice Columnist”, the author calmly states he killed his father and asks a question regarding the wedding, this situation is an overly exaggerated situation in life that is very unlikely to happen, except for Oedipus.

I would like to learn how comedians write their jokes so that jokes become funny. In this section,
I did not fully achieve my goal, because I don’t find these plays very funny. I did, however, watch standup comedians telling their jokes. I find those quite amusing, and their techniques are similar to the writers.

As the last section in English 9, I was having the usual amount of difficulty. Among them, annotating the poem was the most challenging part of this unit. Because I felt the poem is unusual, it is hard to expand on it. Whereas standup comedians are more straightforward in their stories.

In this section, I consider my success is being able to analyze the dialectical journals. This is because, through these writings, I could understand what they wrote in much more depth compared to the poem.

At the end of English 9, I do realize that I need lots of improvement. As a learner, I do not think I fully meet the criteria of responsibility and attitude. Firstly, I don’t think I consistently meet the due dates I set for myself. Secondly, I need to be more self-sufficient and take more responsibility for my promises. Thirdly, I need to expand on my readings and writings in general.

My goals for English 10 are that I have to put extra effort into my work and meet the due dates, and try to start on work as soon as possible. Also, I need to pay closer attention to the requirements and follow them.

Lastly, of all the standup comedies I had seen, there is one golden rule that rises above all, which every comedian has to follow. The golden rule of telling a joke is, don’t ever laugh at your own joke.

Final Reflective Blog Post

Our team name is baguette and eggs. Throughout the entire duration of the IDU project, my team had many strengths and weaknesses. Our advantages are, we can all equally distribute the work that was assigned for each of us; after that, my teammates and I would all participate actively in group discussions. If any problem arises within the group and the other teammates are not around to discuss it, we talk through wechat with respect and maturity. Hence, the other teammates can reply as soon as possible. If any conflict arises in our group, we will negotiate with each other to make a deal, and if further help is required, we will seek assistance from teachers or mentors. Also, if any team member is absent for any reason, that member is allowed to work from home, if that is impossible, the other member(s) will split the workload. If I were to put the norms we made based on the degree of importance, it would be, 1. know your responsibilities. 2. when conflict arises between team members, we will try to negotiate a deal. 3. actively participate in group discussions 4. if one team member is absent on any given day, he/she can attempt to work from home. 5. communicate with respect and maturity on wechat and face to face. 6. work should be equally distributed. The easiest norm to implement, for me, is number 3 (on the list above), because not participating in group discussions can lead to members not knowing what they are supposed to do. I don’t know about the most challenging norm, all the norms were subtle between my group and me. Collaboration was valuable at the time when we all started writing the script, we helped each other fix the script, the entire team stayed up past midnight to finish writing the script and prepare for the final presentation. one of the challenges is time management, we took quite some time to rehearse for the final presentation. this challenge can be overcome by splitting the work between each other even if one person is not doing the work he/she was assigned, the whole group’s work could go to waste.