Humor Writing Tip No. 1: Larry Gelbart on Not Going for the Slam Dunk

A quote from humor writer Larry Gelbart on why not to go for the slam dunk.

larry-gelbartFrom And Here’s the Kicker:

“Experience has taught me that what seems like a slam dunk rarely makes the most successful finished product. While confidence is always a comfort, risk provides a good deal more adrenaline. The project that requires me to learn about characters I’ve never met is the kind I enjoy most. I’m always drawn to those subjects least likely associated with comedy, such as war, or God, or finance–in other words, subjects that I’ll have to wrestle with. I want to go to places I’ve never been before, in a sense. If my interest is piqued, perhaps audiences’ will be, too.” — Larry Gelbart (1928-2009), television and film writer


Author: Joe Donatelli

Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles. He publishes The Humor Columnist.