I think I'm a Modern Man by George Carlin, is a good example. And, after analyzing it, I've come up with some techniques.

  1. Varying sentence length

I’m a modern man, a man for the millennium. Digital and smoke free. A diversified multi-cultural, post-modern deconstruction that is anatomically and ecologically incorrect.

  1. Using opposing ideas

I’ve been inputted and outsourced, I know the upside of downsizing, I know the downside of upgrading. I’m a high-tech low-life.

  1. Using alliteration (or repeating the first word/word unit)

...laid-back but fashion-forward...super-sized, long-lasting...I’ve been pre-wash, pre-cooked, pre-heated, pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged, post-dated...

  1. Using rhymes

I’m a rude dude, but I’m the real deal. Lean and mean! Cocked, locked and ready-to-rock. I take it slow, I go with the flow, I ride with the tide. I’ve got glide in my stride. Drivin and movin, sailin and spinin, jiving and groovin, wailin and winnin...

Am I in the right path? Do you have other suggestions?

  • Am I the only one who thinks George Carlin was extremely annoying and unfunny? Refugee from the 60's. Bitter on life. Perennially anachronistic. Chronically awkward.
    – user11233
    Oct 15 '15 at 21:53
  • @Dean Corso I'm sure other people agree with you. But there's a reason why he's listed as one of the greatest comedians ever: google.com.tw/… And yes, he's was all what you mentioned. And he turned it into comedy. Which is genius, in my opinion. Oct 16 '15 at 3:06

I suggest checking out 'Skippy's List', a modern classic of satire. One of the themes I see in it that's not on your list is repetition. List items will use a similar sentence structure with small variation, and these will be clustered together or spaced apart for greater effect. Using similar structure on items spaced far apart can act as a callback, and gives the list a greater sense of structure.

For example:

  1. Not allowed to let sock puppets take responsibility for any of my actions.
  2. Not allowed to let sock puppets take command of my post.

Another example:

  1. Two drink limit does not mean first and last.
  2. Two drink limit does not mean two kinds of drinks.
  3. Two drink limit does not mean the drinks can be as large as I like.

The twitter account WorstMuse uses the second kind, especially with one or two word tweets. It references repeating, over-used concepts or words, like: "Plucky orphans" or "Tragic lesbians" or "Retrograde amnesia". The snappy style lets the ideas speak for themselves, and the short format is itself a recognizable rhetoric structure.

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