3 Tips To Add Humor To Your Novel From The TV Show “Leverage”

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Humor adds richness to our favorite novels and movies.

Some of the best moments of humor catch us unexpectedly. For this very reason we love characters with dry humor because we often don’t see it coming.

Think of some of your favorite humor clips of all time. To discover the secrets of humor let’s analyze an example in action.

The following clip is from the television show Leverage. Parker is the female character that plays the flight attendant in the following clip. She struggles to connect with people and often is a bit cold, but this particular episode required her to stretch herself and here is the outcome.

3 Tips To Add Humor To Your Novel From The TV Show “Leverage”:

*Select an unexpected source. Parker is the deadpan, antisocial character of this series. This is the humor everyone except the character delivering the punch lines recognizes. Parker appears non-pulsed. The other flight attendant is trying to keep the shock off of her face. The passengers are even more afraid that someone knows their greatest fears and is reiterating the possibility of them coming true.

*Cast a character in a role opposite of their personality. Parker is not the one you would usually look to for humor, but in showcasing this character in a role her personality would rarely play, you get humor. Parker would never take a job working with people. When we cast her in the role of flight attendant, her unusual dialogue seems in character.

*State the obviously neurotic. The humor in this segment is brought out by stating what everyone is really thinking, or at least someone who is terrified of flying is thinking. It sounds neurotic, but said in Parker’s flat tone of voice it makes us laugh.

What are your favorite humor lines or shows of all time?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “3 Tips To Add Humor To Your Novel From The TV Show “Leverage”

  1. Love Leverage! It’s one of my favorites, not only for the humor, but for the character development in the series. Thanks for sharing this clip. Parker is a blast!

  2. It’s been so long since I’ve watched a sit-com…I’ll have to say Sinefield is a great example of humor without always intending to,

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