When listing three or more things, the comedy rule is to not
finish strong, but to list some strong examples followed by a very weak example, for the funny. Also, stick to the Rule of Three
as closely as possible.
See also: List of Transgressions
, Arson Murder And Life Saving
, Felony Misdemeanor
, Good News, Bad News
, Odd Name Out
, The Triple
. Compare Poke the Poodle
, All Crimes Are Equal
, Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life
, when the minor crime carries significant consequences. The inverse is Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick
, where a list of seemingly mundane things ends with something much darker. Clue, Evidence, and a Smoking Gun
is a related inverse that deals with deductions rather than listing things.