I'm not a big fan of improv. As an art form, I generally rate it somewhere between slam poetry and mime. It's not my bag. But I recently had an experience that caused me to reconsider the contents of my bag--and the merits of improv.
Comedy writing seems like the kind of thing folks would love to crank out, but writer's block is a demon that can infect us all. Whether you're totally stuck or you just want to write more, I have the prescription: Mini-Joes.
Humorist Jack Handey—author of "Deep Thoughts," "What I’d Say to the Martians," and "The Stench of Honolulu"—is a legend for two reasons: many people think he’s not a real person, and he’s so funny it should be illegal. We recently chatted via email about humor, Jupiter, and ultra-violence.
Comic books, oddly enough, are somewhat lacking in comedy. Krampus!—an Image Comics series written by Brian Joines and illustrated by Dean Kotz—is the exception, putting holiday lore in a ridiculously enjoyable blender.