Engaging Your Audience with Poop Jokes and Other Funny Elements

Engaging Your Audience with Poop Jokes and Other Funny Elements

Helena_González_Burón
Adam_Rogers
Joel_Warner
29 October 2017
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
  • UCSF Mission Bay Campus

I1) Engaging Your Audience with Poop Jokes and Other Funny Elements

Moderator: Kasha Patel
Organizer: Kasha Patel

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Which would you rather read: an article about a new superconductor made of hydrogen sulfide or a superconductor made of farts? Or better yet, which article would you rather cover? The answer is always farts.

By thinking of a subject through a comedic lens, science writers have the ability to transform a dense, complex, or boring topic into an amusing article that could be shared virally with your colleagues, mom, Comcast technician, and that person you are trying to network with at this conference. But making something funny is not necessarily intuitive, so we are going to help you!

In this session, you will learn the scientifically supported universal code to make something humorous. Science writers and editors will show you how they implement this formula as well as their own well-crafted techniques to punch up a piece with comedy. You will also learn how to navigate the scene when you receive push back or when your publication or institution is not receptive to your humorous take on a topic. Most importantly, this session will motivate you to think about communicating science in a more creative way.

And yes, the word “poop will come up a lot during this session.

#MakeMeFunny