Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Humor (Writing): My A to Z Wish List

I wish I could write humor as easily as I write about crime. Erma Bombeck comes to mind.

"I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex."

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Dave Barry too.

"The word user is the word used by the computer professional when they mean idiot."

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Reading humor can lift a reader's spirits and pull her out of the grumps.

Who's your favorite humor writer?

8 comments:

Murees Dupé said...

Janet Evanovich is great. Though, I can never seem to inject humour into my novels. Which makes me think that maybe I am just not that funny. It is rather an art form, I guess.

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Oh, I've loved Dave Barry's work for a long time! He's wonderful. I wish I could write humour as well, but I don't have that chromosome. In my case anyway, I would rather not write humour than have it be forced.

Jemi Fraser said...

I adore Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry! I can't pull off that kind of humour, but I love it! :)

Stephanie V said...

All my humor is accidental. Even though I have a very well-developed sense of humor it doesn't seem to be the same as being able to create it.
One of my favorite gentle humorists was Jean Shepherd. I discovered him lurking between the pages of my husband's Car and Driver magazine many years ago.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I haven't read too many humor books (outside of The Far Side and others) but I enjoyed sportcaster Tony Kornheiser's "Im Back for More Cash."

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Erma Bombeck was the first writer who caused me to literally laugh out loud - and this was back in the days when 'lol' meant you'd mistyped. I'm not sure what you'd mistyped, but you had. Work with me here.

Val said...

I wish I could write about crime as easily as I write humor. It seems like so much hard work. Whereas humor just flows out of my fingertips. My husband says it's because I'm a smart aleck. He might be onto something there...

Evan Williamson said...

I've always been a fan of humor writers. Dave Barry's among the best but I have to give it to the late great Lewis Grizzard as my favorite modern humorist with Mark Twain leading the pack for the all time title.