- It's a brief biography or description of a well-known individual.
- It's four lines long.
- The first line consists of the individuals name.
- The lines are of uneven length (for comic effect—see item 5).
- It's funny.
Was trim and fit
Though, according to more than one detractor,
Not much of an actor.
Kurt WeillYour turn.
Did rarely smile.
His life was filled with strife.
He wrote "Mack the Knife".