Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – You Must Be Joking

A lot of interesting things happen in the month of August, like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  According to Wikipedia, it is “the world’s largest festival, which in 2016 spanned 25 days and featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues”.


As if that wasn’t enough, it also includes a “Funniest Joke of the Fringe” contest.  A panel of comedy critics and reviewers select the best one-liners from the festival and then there is a vote to decide the funniest.

This year’s winner:

“I’m not a fan of the new one pound coin.  But then again, I hate all change.”  ~ Ken Cheng

You can head over to NPR to see more of the jokes, including a short video with the champion jokes from the past five years.  For many of them, it’s all in the delivery; a few took me a minute to get.  One of my favorites is:

“A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men’s singles event.” ~ Angela Barnes

Now that I’ve had a few laughs, it’s time to get serious and do some writing.  Oh, who am I kidding?  It’s time for a nap; then it will time for some writing.  Once I wake up, I think I’ll get things started with a Random Word Improv warm-up session.

Care to join me?

Whether you’re cracking jokes, working on your latest story, enjoying some “you” time, or just trying to figure out where the summer went, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.


Today’s random words may be humor-related, but the theme is up to you.  There will be bonus points for including a porcupine though.

chuckle              eye-roll               deadpan              guffaw

medicine            groan                  delivery               provoke

tickle                   critic                    smile                     joke

amuse                expression         hilarious              comedy

For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:

  1. Pick as many words from the list as you want
  2. Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
  3. Post your results in the comments section.

Okay.  Are you ready?  Let’s sprint!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Ah, you’re back.  Kind of fun, right?  Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.

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