100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 51: Best of the First 50
A rundown of all the writing tips, podcasts, and winning contest entries so far
By Dave Fox
It occurred to me a couple of hours ago that with 50 posts in just over two days, I’ve posted more stuff than the average person is going to read. Some of you have lives beyond watching some freak halfway around the world battle his sleep-deprivation demons.
Then again, to quote (or maybe just paraphrase) my opening video, “We all love a good train wreck, don’t we?”
But for those of you who are hitting saturation levels, here’s a rundown of the best of the first 50 hours. (This list includes all of the humor writing tips and the winning entries from both contests so far. We have had many guest bloggers, and because I hate the thought of having to decide whose stories were better than others, if you want to read all of their posts, please just head to the homepage and work your way down from there.
(And on that note, my body is demanding that I again step away from my computer for a few hours. I’ll be back!)
Hour 1: Opening Ceremonies – In which I kick things off with a video and attempt to explain what the hell I am about to attempt. Also, in the Hour 1 comments, lots of people saying hello and letting me know where they’re stalking me from.
Hour 4: Humor Writing Tip: The world’s greatest myth about science and humor.
Hour 7: Podcast: A New Kind of Foreign – Dana’s mother-in-law books a surprise holiday in Mexico. Dana’s mother-in-law has no idea what kind of holiday she’s booked.
Hour 8: Beware Bogus Writing Contests – If it looks like spam and smells like spam….
Hour 12: Humor Writing Tip: The Science of Comedy – Stalking Dave Barry.
Hour 14: Appropriate Attire – Art Segal attempts to go swimming in Malaysia.
Hour 15: Podcast with Betsy and Warren Talbot – Our judges for flash humor contest number one talk about stepping outside their comfort zones and exposing themselves.
Hour 16: Zip Zop Zip! – Beth Harling’s winning entry in our first flash humor contest.
Hour 17: Humor Writing Tip – Things Go Wrong. (The key to all things funny.)
Hour 21: Humor Writing Tip – What I’ve Learned About Humor Writing from Photographers
Hour 25: Humor Writing Tip – Begin in the Middle
Hour 27: My French Girlfriend, Part 1 – Tour guide wars in fjord country.
Hour 28: My French Girlfriend, Part 2 – The tour guide wars continue.
Hour 32: Name Game – Debbie Simorte’s winning entry in flash humor contest #2.
Hour 33: Flash Humor Contest #3 – Topic announcement: Road trips and other overland journeys. (Entries due by the end of hour 55.)
Hour 37: Humor Writing Tip – Comedy Writing Pitfalls: Two common mistakes that smother punch lines, and how to avoid them.
Hour 42: Humor Writing Tip – Wordplay
Hour 48: Humor Writing Tip – The One-Two Punch