Are you like me? When I first started I had a difficult time getting from the list to the jokes. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get there.
Sound familiar? Don't worry this happens to a lot of people.
The important thing to remember is that with persistence and practice, you can learn this.
This is the most powerful technique in joke writing. It uses incongruity and association to generate comedy material.
The listing technique doesn't just help develop tons of monologue jokes, it also helps inspire desk pieces and sketches.
In this video veteran comedy writer, Jerry Corley takes a student's headline/setup that they were having difficulty with and walks you through the process of developing jokes, from identifying the dissimilar ideas in the headline to uncovering an angle (or point-of-view), then listing all the associations related to the ideas. When all the dissimilar ideas are listed, Jerry then walks you through writing the jokes that relate to the ideas in the list.
This is a very powerful tutorial. Be sure to download the PDF companion worksheet which is available on this page.