Analysis: Notice, I have put laugh lines where I anticipate possible laughs and you might think the (LAUGH) sometime is put after a line that is not really a joke. Yes, you're right, but three points. 1. Experience has taught me not everything people laugh at are jokes, per se. Based on my experience I have put laugh pauses at places where the audience might laugh and, if the audience does so, I'm prepared to shut up and not step on my laugh. And 2ndly, because those are not obvious "jokes," if the audience doesn't laugh, you don't feel foolish, because it just sounded like factual stuff to the audience and 3rdly because they are not obviously "jokes" THAT'S what tends to make your audience think you are an "observational" comedian/humor writer - that you see everyday things in a "naturally funny" way - that you have the ability of finding laughs in non-joke situations. Yeah, right.
4. The “dawn of man” introduction. This kind of introduction generally makes broad, sweeping statements about the relevance of this topic since the beginning of time, throughout the world, etc. It is usually very general (similar to the placeholder introduction) and fails to connect to the thesis. It may employ cliches–the phrases “the dawn of man” and “throughout human history” are examples, and it’s hard to imagine a time when starting with one of these would work. Instructors often find them extremely annoying.
ln technical writing , the introduction typically includes one or more standard subsections: abstract or summary, preface , acknowledgments, and foreword . Alternatively, the section labeled introduction itself may be a brief section found side-by-side with abstract, foreword, etc. (rather than containing them). In this case the set of sections that come before the body of the book are known as the front matter . When the book is divided into numbered chapters, by convention the introduction and any other front-matter sections are unnumbered and precede chapter 1.