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Old 12-04-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
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Making Death Funny

I'm really curious as to how to make instances of violence and death darkly comic. I have an idea for a black comedy that will involve a large amount of violence and I'm wondering if anyone has tips on making it funny.
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:33 PM   #2
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Do a web search for Darwin Awards. Trust me... fiction can't compete with reality.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:23 PM   #3
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The First ones a good example, the second one just happened lol
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:42 PM   #4
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Look up Terry pratcher's disc world movies.
The Hogfather is very dark comedy featuring death.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:07 AM   #5
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i dont get the question... death is funny.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:37 AM   #6
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i dont get the question... death is funny.
I guess I may have phrased it wrong. Umm.... just, way of doing the death scenes in a way that could get laughs, or lines during or after the killings that make them funny.
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You just reminded me of another scene


i think it works best when the scenes before it are done really realistically and then you kind of work up to the violence and then when it climaxes and shocks the audience you make them laugh even though they really shouldnt because of the severity of what happened, thats what Nolan sought to do with the joker in TDK as well
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:39 PM   #8
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Take a look at Spike Tv's '1000 ways to Die', series. You'll find stuff so bizarre and stupid, it's funny. Also, death/killings in cartoons, even though caricatures, can provoke some parallel live action examples.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:48 PM   #9
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"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die"

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Check out "Weekend at Bernie's"

Treat the scene you're writing deadpan, and make the situation have at LEAST one element of the surreal or total incongruity. That is to say, something about it is so outrageous that a normal person couldn't possibly treat it as normal, yet everyone in the scene does.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:45 PM   #11
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use the wilhelm scream :p
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:37 PM   #12
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I guess I may have phrased it wrong. Umm.... just, way of doing the death scenes in a way that could get laughs, or lines during or after the killings that make them funny.
No, you did not phrase the question wrong. Kgasser has, uhhh, a slightly different worldview than perhaps you or I, and he's just messing with you.

As for your question, dude, I don't think comedy has a formula. I think you just have to write whatever makes you laugh, and hope that other people think it's funny, too.

Adeimantus did mention a good idea, however, in that it might help to watch some other movies that deal with death in a humurous manner, and use them for inpiration. Man, that's gonna be a really long list. Just a few off the top of my head --

"Little Miss Sunshine" (inspired by "Vacation")
"Beetlejuice"
"Pulp Fiction"
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use the wilhelm scream :p
NO! NO!! ANYTHING BUT THAT!!!!

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Man, that's gonna be a really long list. Just a few off the top of my head --
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Oh, my Lord, I had never before heard of the Wilhelm Scream, and I wish I could un-learn it. That is somehow funny and annoying at the same time.
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