(Editor/Co-host, The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)
Since 2008, Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich have presented short genre fiction with full casts, sound effects, and music, as well as some high quality banter and conversation (and even more really bad attempts at humor). Their Parsec Award-nominated podcast can be found at www.dunesteef.com.
Using Comedy to Humanize Characters and Hook Listeners in Audio Fiction
Comedy is tough. Everybody knows this. But it’s also one of the most popular elements in fiction. If you can make listeners laugh, you can say almost anything and keep them coming back for more. Comedy can humanize characters. It can break through a listener’s prejudices and assumptions. But comedy is about more than just the words the characters say. Voice actor delivery and choice of music and sound effects all work together to achieve that ultimate goal – your listeners, wearing their earbuds, laughing out loud to the puzzled stares of onlookers.
1. Humor is a tool of character development.
2. Humor has particularly power to hook a listener and create lasting fans.
3. Humor in audio is about more than just words.