Advanced Public Speaking Institute
The punch line gets its name from the delivery technique used. You must punch the line out a little harder and with a slightly different voice than the rest of the joke. One thing to remember is if the audience does not hear the punch line, they are not going to laugh. There are important cues you can learn about your audience before and during your presentation which will help guide you through your jokes, ensuring you deliver the punch line correctly. And of course timing is an issue. This paper explains the fine art of how to deliver a punch line.