Illusion of Improvisation

So you’ve delivered a great punch line and won some laughter. But it’s not over yet.

You have an even better chance since you’ve already created the “momentum” for laughter. It’s the best time to tell a second joke whose setup is fed by the previous punch line.

It’ll receive even more laughter.

This is sometimes called the topper technique.

Better still, you can create a second topper by leading her to yet another joke based on the second punch line.

This simple maneuver gives her an illusion of improvisation which will make you appear funny as hell to her.

Here’s an example:

Question: How many steps does it take to put an elephant into the fridge?

This is the setup as most people know the answer:

Answer: 3 steps—open the fridge, put the elephant in, and close the door.

Question: Okay, so how many steps to put a giraffe in?

Now she’d start to wonder—isn’t it the same 3-step process?

Answer: Open the fridge, take the elephant out, put the giraffe in, and close the door.

Question: All the animals went to the annual gathering except one. Which one?

Normally, women would have no clue what to guess.

Answer: giraffe. It’s still in the fridge.

Question: How do you cross the river where the crocodiles live without being devoured? There’s no bridge over the river.

Again, she’d have no idea. Actually, she wouldn’t want to know the answer too early, because she expects herself to be entertained. If she arrives at the right answer naturally, where’s the entertainment value? (This happens on a subconscious level and works in your favor.)

Answer: just swim across it, since all the animals except giraffe went to the annual gathering.

Before you go to any social gathering next time, prepare a few good “multifold” jokes (you can create some on your own by working on the punch lines using the techniques taught in this book) and deliver them in such a way that you not only boost the level of laughter one after another but also show an illusion of improvisation from a quick mind.