Stating falsehoods as if they are absolutely true is another fun way to play
with the audience during a public speaking engagement. However, you must make
the statements obviously false by your words and your facial expressions. When
you use this technique in this fashion, you don't want to leave any doubt in the
audience's mind whether you are being funny or not.
A good technique is deadpan
expression or keeping a straight face. Deadpan
expression complements fake facts and statistics. Also, you should really, really sound like you
are trying to convince the audience that what your saying is true. This
overemphasis on the sound of truth also tells the audience you are lying.
One time I was doing a Secretaries Day function. I used an extremely serious
voice when I told them that scientific studies had been conducted indicating
that the only reason executives became executives was because they couldn't make
it as secretaries. They loved it.
Another good technique to build up your joke is to use official sounding
sources for the information. "A study done for the Alaskan Pipeline Workers
Union indicated that 97.2 percent of Alaskan Pipeline Workers wear No Nonsense
panty hose." When using this type of humor use "exact numbers"
which add an extra comic emphasis.