Dialogue Funny

Speaking of the body, one thing the body does that is funny is talk. We expel air to form words. The tongue orchestrates. The diaphragm propels.

There is, no doubt, that dialogue in a piece of writing can lift the comedy aspect exponentially–people are funny, and what they say is funnier. Even the most banal conversations can become hilarious with the correct timing.

The funniest dialogue I have ever read is the exchange between two scouting aliens in Terry Bisson’s sci-fi comedy story, They’re Made Out of Meat. The story is pure dialogue and an excellent example of timing. In the story, the two aliens debate registering “Earth” as an inhabited planet, or chalking it off as a dud:

“They’re made out of meat.”


“Meat. They’re made out of meat.”


“There’s no doubt about it. We picked several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, probed them all the way through. They’re completely meat.”

“That’s impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars.”

“They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don’t come from them. The signals come from machines.”

“So who made the machines? That’s who we want to contact.”

“They made the machines. That’s what I’m trying to tell you. Meat made the machines.”

Check out the short film version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6JFTmQCFHg

 💡Dialogue PROMPT💡

Choose two famous (or infamous) characters or real people and write a purely dialogue story. Like in “They’re Made Out Of Meat,” have the two characters debate doing something or not. Use short punchy exchanges and permit the story to come through as organically as you can. Try to be funny, also.