My husband and I love stories, whether they are found in movies or books. I find there is a lot to learn from screenwriters. This past weekend, we finally watched The Lone Ranger. We, of course, had watched the television series as children. The screenwriters altered the characters and Johnny Depp had his own version of Tonto.We wouldn't expect less from Johnny. My favorite dialogue in the story comes near the end. The Lone Ranger says the long awaited line, "Hi ho Silver away!" Tonto replies, "Don't ever say that again."
Because the response was the total opposite of what we would expect, it caught us off guard and it was humorous. When writing comedy, remember this trick. Ask yourself what the expected response should be and then what would be the opposite response.