Public Speaking Skills:
Rule of Three
Out of all your public speaking skills the most pervasive principles in the construction of humorous situations is the Rule of Three.
You will see it used over and over because it is simple, it's powerful and it works (see I just used it there in a non-funny situation). Most of the time in humor the Rule of Three is used in the following way: The first comment names the topic, the second sets a pattern, and the third unexpectedly switches the pattern which is funny. Here's a few examples from brochures advertising my seminars:
In the "How to Get There"; section
* From Washington, D.C. take Rt. 50 . . .
While in front of a group I use my public speaking skills and point
to an audience member and say "You can make a difference in your
The Rule of Three is also used in constructing bits (see bits article
Three jokes or one-liners on one topic is enough to create a rise in
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