Humor Writing: The Rules of Comedy

“Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog,” Mark Twain allegedly said. “You learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.” Thankfully, we’ve learned a lot about humor since Twain’s day. It’s now possible to dissect what makes something funny—and have fun doing it.
New York Times bestselling humorist Andrew Shaffer will explain the “rules of comedy,” and offer tips on incorporating humor into your writing toolkit. Students will learn about hyperbole, repetition, and other basic comedic techniques and experiment with each through in-class
exercises. No frogs or comedians will be dissected. For all levels.

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery, the international bestselling parody Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, and over a dozen other humorous works of genre fiction from mystery to horror. He is a four-time Goodreads Choice Award nominee and a two-time finalist in the Humor category.

Please note: Since our Fall catalog was printed, Kentucky’s number of  COVID-19 cases has grown exponentially. Therefore the Center decided to start all October classes online for the safety and health of our community. Humor Writing: The Rules of Comedy will meet online via Zoom.

Start Date
Saturday, October 2nd
10:30am - 12:30pm

Andrew Shaffer


We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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