Sol Saks’ Ten Commandments of comedy writing

Sol Saks wrote a great book on comedy: Funny Business.

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Here are his Ten Commandments of Comedy Writing:

  1. Thou shalt be brief.
  2. Thou shalt be simple.
  3. Thou shalt be clear.
  4. Thou shalt be bold.
  5. Thou shalt be relevant.
  6. Thou shalt be recognizable.
  7. Thou shalt be controversial.
  8. Thou shalt be unpredictable.
  9. Thou shalt be original.
  10. Thou shalt be salable.

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