The Comic Triple

One comedy technique that relies on mental imagery is the comic triple. Here, you basically describe something using three adjectives, two positive, and one highly negative, in that order. Alternatively, X, Y, and opposite of X and Y. We generally expect a third related adjective after two consecutive ones, but an unrelated descriptor completely throws our audience off. The comic triple works because of the misdirection and surprise.

The Art of Witty Banter: Be Clever, Quick, & Magnetic By Patrick King

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