Wordplay in comedy is ‘hack!"
If you believed some comedians in this industry, you might think that statement is true.
If someone said that to me today, I would tell them that one of the most memorable comedy bits in all of comedy is George Carlin’s "Seven Words You Can’t Say On T.V."
It’s pure wordplay.
They might counter that with, "Well that was a long time ago."
And I might let them believe that they’re right and let them begin that fall into the abyss of ignorance and arrogance that usually accompanies a comedian who’s been doing comedy for all of four or five years.
But not you. I would never let you fall into that abyss.
The readers of my blog–all three of you–I’ll try to not only guide you but give you supporting evidence from one the the masters…
George Carlin; a master wordsmith in comedy.
Ironic, considering that he left school in 9th grade.
And although the argument that "Seven Words" is from a different era and that it wouldn’t play today might hold some relevance; though I doubt it, I give you "Modern Man," a bit of pure wordplay comedy that Carlin did in his later years.
And I dare you tell me it’s ‘hack.’
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