Public Speaking Course:
Rule of Three
Out of everything that is taught in my public speaking course, the rule of three is the most effective when creating humorous situations.
You will see it used over and over since it's so simple to use, powerful works well (see I just used it there in a non-funny situation). Most of the time in humor the Rule of Three is used in this way: The first comment names the topic, the second sets a pattern, and the third suddenly switches the pattern which makes it 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 . . .
* By Metro take the Red line . . .
While in front of a group I point
to an audience member and say "You can make a difference in your
The Rule of Three is also used in creating bits (see bits article
Three jokes or one-liners on one topic is enough to create a rise in