How to Pun Like The Masters

Puns have a terrible reputation, but it wasn't always that way. In this video, I track the history of punning from Ancient Greece to modern times using John Pollock's excellent book, The Pun Also Rises. (Great title!)

In short, we used to think they were clever, but then the Enlightenment ruined everything. Well, not everything. It sort of paved the way for the modern world. But it did make punning taboo, and for that I will never forgive it.


Late in the video, I refer to a screenwriting book as Shave The Cat as part of my effort to pun in every line. The actual title is Save The Cat. While that book has some great points, some of its worst ideas have had far too much influence in Hollywood. So I thought it needed a little bit of "shaving" in a sense.

Hope you enjoy!