A Lesson in Finding Your Funny Bone

Dear Bintel Brief,

I aspire to be a comedy writer, but I am told that my work is just not funny enough. I have taken classes, watch comedy television and attend improv shows, and I can recite certain “Simpsons” episodes by heart. But something is missing.

I know humor can be subtle, and that figuring out what works and what doesn’t isn’t a science. But I’m looking for some tips on how to have a better barometer for what’s funny. Any advice?


Rob Kutner responds:

Emmy-winning writer Rob Kutner has written for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” He is the author of “Apocalypse How: Turn the End Times into the Best of Times” (Running Press 2008).

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