See the page on Humorous Stories and Storytelling for many more resources. I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told.
How To Tell A Story an essay on humorous storytelling, by Mark Twain This essay, written by the American author and humorist ingives step-by-step instructions in telling the classic 'jump story' from folk tradition called The Golden Arm, whose variants are just as popular today.
See the page on Humorous Stories and Storytelling for many more resources. I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told, for I have been almost daily in the company of the most expert story-tellers for many years.
I will talk mainly about that one. The humorous story is American, the comic story is English, the witty story is French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling; the comic story and the witty story upon the matter.
The humorous story may be spun out to great length, and may wander around as much as it pleases, and arrive nowhere in particular; but the comic and witty stories must be brief and end with a point.
The humorous story bubbles gently along, the others burst. The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it; but the teller of the comic story tells you beforehand that it is one of the funniest things he has ever heard, then tells it with eager delight, and is the first person to laugh when he gets through.
And sometimes, if he has had good success, he is so glad and happy that he will repeat the "nub" of it and glance around from face to face, collecting applause, and then repeat it again. It is a pathetic thing to see. Very often, of course, the rambling and disjointed humorous story finishes with a nub, point, snapper, or whatever you like to call it.
Then the listener must be alert, for in many cases the teller will divert attention from that nub by dropping it in a carefully casual and indifferent way, with the pretence that he does not know it is a nub.
Artemus Ward used that trick a good deal; then when the belated audience presently caught the joke he would look up with innocent surprise, as if wondering what they had found to laugh at.
Dan Setchell used it before him, Nye and Riley and others use it to-day. And when he prints it, in England, France, Germany, and Italy, he italicizes it, puts some whooping exclamation-points after it, and sometimes explains it in a parenthesis.
All of which is very depressing, and makes one want to renounce joking and lead a better life. Let me set down an instance of the comic method, using an anecdote which has been popular all over the world for twelve or fifteen hundred years.
The teller tells it in this way: The Wounded Soldier In the course of a certain battle a soldier whose leg had been shot off appealed to another soldier who was hurrying by to carry him to the rear, informing him at the same time of the loss which he had sustained; whereupon the generous son of Mars, shouldering the unfortunate, proceeded to carry out his desire.
In no-long time he was hailed by an officer, who said: At length he said: It takes only a minute and a half to tell that in its comic-story form; and isn't worth the telling, after all. He tells it in the character of a dull-witted old farmer who has just heard it for the first time, thinks it is unspeakably funny, and is trying to repeat it to a neighbor.
The teller is innocent and happy and pleased with himself, and has to stop every little while to hold himself in and keep from laughing outright; and does hold in, but his body quakes in a jelly-like way with interior chuckles; and at the end of the ten minutes the audience have laughed until they are exhausted, and the tears are running down their faces.
The simplicity and innocence and sincerity and unconsciousness of the old farmer are perfectly simulated, and the result is a performance which is thoroughly charming and delicious.This guest post is by Leigh Anne lausannecongress2018.comay is a stress management and humor expert, comedy writer, stand-up comic, and comedy instructor/coach.
She has an M.P.H. degree which is either stands for masters of public health or mistress of public humor She consults with organizations on how to use humor to manage stress, change, and conflict, and boost creativity, teamwork and morale.
This guest post is by Leigh Anne lausannecongress2018.comay is a stress management and humor expert, comedy writer, stand-up comic, and comedy instructor/coach. She has an M.P.H. degree which is either stands for masters of public health or mistress of public humor She consults with organizations on how to use humor to manage stress, .
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You do not have to live with pain and pain killers and medicate yourself anymore! How To Tell A Story an essay on humorous storytelling, by Mark Twain. This essay, written by the American author and humorist in , gives step-by-step instructions in telling the classic 'jump story' from folk tradition called The Golden Arm, whose variants are just as popular today.