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This trope probably having originated with comedy means it's quite common among stand-up comedy.

  • The trope is perhaps exemplified best by Shaun Majumder in his stint as the host of the Just For Laughs TV show, where he had a number of recurring segments, including Comedy Dojo. He was already inclined to repetition in a sort of Ice-Cream Koan fashion in that recurring segment, and then he did one on the subject of repetition in comedy, where he demonstrated it using the classic "Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side" joke.
    I will demonstrate. "Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side." (beat) "To get to the other side." (beat) "To get to the other side!" Hi-yah!
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  • Maria Bamford, as part of a routine on how she dislikes how complicated fancy restaurants make the act of eating, thinks that all that really matters is:
    How do we get food into the munching cave? Do you perhaps have a dinner blizzard—a, a blizzard, of dinner?
  • Brian Regan's routine about mixing up the expressions "Take care" and "Good luck":
    Take...luck! Take luck and care. of the luck! Good luck taking care of the, the luck that you might have, if you have luck, take it, and care for it. Take-care-of-luck—when you take all care of just might get it.
  • The Firesign Theatre coined this trope. One record album began a patriotic pageant telling us "It's about this country - about which we're singing about!"
  • Jon Reep has a bit about NASCARs meaning.
    • National Association for Stockcar Auto Racing
    "Stock. Car. Auto. Racing. (beat) Car. Automobile. Racing. It says car twice. That's how much they love cars"


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