One of the tricks I use when writing is to scan the newspaper for catch phrases and/or idioms I can twist around for gags.
Today, went quicker than most (about a half hour for four gags), and I thought with the extra time I’d show you how it went:
I just sorta scribble down words and phrases as I find them, and then go back to the paper for more. As I’m reading and scribbling, stuff ferments a little and ideas start coming:
- "Job Security" is one I’ve done a lot with, so no surprise that there’s nothing there today.
- "Sexual Tension" for some reason brought out the Sidney Harris is me. I thought it would be funny to have sexual tension as part of some sort of complicated formula. A little later I thought of the male and female symbols, and it all sort of fell together.
- "Legal Maneuvers" brought the Heimlich maneuver to mind, and although it took a little to whittle down the caption, I think it worked out nicely.
- "High Profile" wrote itself, and I have no idea why my sketch of a man in profile includes a ponytail.
- "Track Record" was percolating for a bit with a man interviewing in track shoes, but it never really materialized.
- "Boxed Wines" went nowhere fast.
- "Hall Czar" came from a headline about a "Telecom Czar." "War Czar" is abuzz right now, so I thought taking it down to a kid’s level would be a good way to poke some fun. It ended up a little more political and topical than I like to get, but it is what it is.
Here are the gags rewritten for further marinating in the ol’ idea box: