Scott Adams has a system for creating humour, based on the following six dimensions. He says that two or more things in this list will be humorous.
puppies, children, kittens, etc.
cruelty in some way, borderline dark humour
surreal, but not unreal
familiar situation one’s been in, variable based on audience
dirtiness, uncleanliness, naughtiness rule: the funnier the joke, the more you can get away with
- Cleverness – Intuitive thinking:
- Exaggeration – blown out of proportion, WAAAAY out of proportion
- Play on Words – puns, make sure to add another dimension and use sparingly, intelligent people like them
- Broken Logic – logical fallacy, but not completely random, user is able to try to “fix” the problem
And finally, if no humour exists, think in opposites to generate humour.