People Won’t Laugh If You Oversell the Joke

Never tell an audience how they should react.

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People don’t like being told what to do or how to react.

Humor is subjective, and what you find hysterical may not be to anyone other than you.

However, not setting an audience or reader’s expectations high doesn’t mean not being confident in your joke or work.

It’s important to know your audience — who’s reading your work, watching your performance, or interpreting your material.

There will be some things you write that only you will think are funny, but it doesn’t mean you should enjoy it any less.

Stand by your work.

Don’t promise something that you can’t deliver.

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Writer for The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Startup, Tenderly, Fearless She Wrote, MuddyUm. Christineschoenwaldwriter.com

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