science fiction and fantasy writer

Storytelling as joke telling

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

There’s a wonderful talk on storytelling at TED.com by Pixar screenwriter Andrew Stanton, whose writing credits include Toy Story (and sequels), A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc, WALL-E and Finding Nemo.

Among the many astute things he has to say about storytelling, is likening storytelling to joke telling. I think it’s a really useful analogy for the particular elements of storytelling that it draws out.

Like a story, a joke has a beginning, middle and ending. In a joke, these serve particular functions that I think are very useful to remember for storytelling. more…

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