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I'm setting up this collab to collect comedy One Liners in the style of Henny Youngman or Rodney Dangerfield, or Groucho Marx, or George Burns, or any number of the older comedians (and quite a few modern ones as well) who told jokes. You know - the kind of stuff that gets printed in joke books?
Contribute your tiny stories to the great tiny stories collabs - not here. This isn't the place for deep philosophical thought either - please do not contribute things that are designed to make you stop and contemplate your naval. But just because a joke may need to be mulled over by some before they get it does not disqualify it. So, it can be deep, but it MUST be funny as well!
The formula for a one liner is the same as any other joke. You have the set up and the punch line. MOST one liners have the punch line AT THE END, although there is no hard and fast rule for that - as long as it is "pithy."
I was going to give you an example off the top of my head but I lost it. The joke I mean. I'm not mad. Not completely.
Rule 1. Keep it short - that's why it's called a one-liner! If it takes more that two lines in the text area when you are writing it - it's too long!
Rule 2. Keep it funny - it needs to be written with the intent of invoking laughter (whether it actually does or not doesn't matter - so long as your original intent was to try to make someone laugh!)
Rule 3: Keep it original - please do not remix jokes you read or heard somewhere else. You know it's original when the thought enters your head on its own - its like, "BOOM!" All of a sudden a joke is born out of nowhere. It may take some revision in order to write it out - but the joke is yours - not someone else's. Others should feel free to point out in the comments section of a submitted one-liner that it's not original by telling all of us who originally said it in order to prevent it from being remixed. Of course, keeping with the spirit of hitRECord, any original joke from this collab can be remixed in an attempt to make it funnier, so that's okay.
By the way - follow up one liners that were generated by the first one you or someone else writes are permitted and encouraged. I like to think of those as one liner chains. Mike Meyers had a good one going about the guard when he escaped the Shark with a "laser" death ray in Austin Powers (I'm sure you've seen it!)
Write them to be told on stage - write them to be published in a book - write them to be included in those annoying chain emails that get forwarded a million times around the office... Write them for whatever reason you so desire - but by all means write a one liner and please contribute it to this collab!