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“Horse Farts” When the Inane Ends Up in Your Comedy

horse-silhouette-2.jpgOver at MadAtoms, Worm Miller shares a phrase that he’s coined, “Horse Farts”. It came from when he was writing a script and the producers felt it needed to be ‘punched up’ so they wrote in a horse just farting for no reason at a certain word.

Miller explains:

We may not have walked away with our dignity, but we did get a spiffy new term!

For us horse farts are uncreative, exploitative jokes added to a script by the producer or director to “punch up” a scene – adding a fart is almost always a horse fart, as is excessive Juno-style slang, and ADR jokes added in post-production are the devil’s horse fart playground – but it’s a broad concept.

Horse farts are really anything added by someone else to your work – be it a script, essay, song, blog, whatever – designed to get cheap, easy reactions for the audience. Hell, it could even happen right here if my editor decided this article didn’t have a punchy enough ending. He might insert one final childish joke that seems sorta out of place.

Brilliant. We once heard the suggestion,”You should totally end this scene with the priest saying,’I have to take a dump.’” Uhm…yeah.

Now we have a phrase! Woohoo!

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