Public Speaking Course:
Rule of Three
My public speaking course teaches about the rule of three, which is the most pervasive in constructing funny material.
You will seethe rule of three used over and over because it's so simple to use, it's powerful
and it works (see I just used it there in a non-funny situation). Most
of the time for humorous material the Rule of Three is like this: The first
comment you make names the topic, the second sets a pattern, and the third
suddenly switches the pattern, which
makes it funny.
In the "How to Get There"; section
* From Washington, D.C. take Rt. 50 . . .
* By Metro take the Red line . . .
A funny way to involve the audience using the rule of three is to point
to an audience member and say "You can make a difference in your
Three jokes or one-liners on one topic is enough to get the audience going, but not enough to bore them on that subject. Remember from your public speaking course, that the Rule of Three is good in non-funny situations too. Even Old Abe Lincoln used it twice in the powerful, but short, Gettysburg Address: "We cannot dedicate. We cannot consecrate. We cannot hallow this ground"; and that "government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
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