Meera Syal explores how comic effects can be created in writing using examples from '1066 and All That' by W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. She focuses on timing, pace, rhythm, the rule of three and how through use of these constructions the reader's expectation is inverted.
Give the students the terms 'undercutting', 'use of pretend evidence', 'rule of 3' and 'word play'. The class could then read comedy writing or watch comedy sketches to try and identify where these, or other techniques, are used. Students could then write their own comedy sketch or monologue using some of these techniques.