Is there a better feeling than someone reading something you wrote, and they laugh? Hopefully not because it's horrible, but because you were trying to be funny. So how do we write funny? Speaking funny is easier because we can more easily utilize timing and inflection. In writing we have to have greater control over the pacing we force our readers to have. I've heard a lot of people say that humor is derived from breaking known patterns. In other words, do something unexpected. For instance, Rodney Dangerfield's classic joke: "My wife and I were happy for twenty years, then we met." Why is this funny? Because when he says him and his wife were happy for twenty years, our brain makes a logical connection that he is speaking about their time together and then that is reversed when he tells us it was before they were even together. For some reason, a difference in our expectations invokes a feeling inside of us and we laugh. But it doesn't seem to be a perfect rule, there needs to be a third element which is elusive. For instance, I could write this: Is this funny because it makes no sense or is unexpected? Maybe, I don't know. Imagining this scene in my head actually made me laugh. Then again answering 'potato' to any question is funny except 'What should I use for my potato salad?' So let me ask you guys, how can we write in order to make people laugh? What are your thoughts?