Observational Humor — Case Study #24

Normally when I present an Observational Humor monologue at a Toastmasters meeting, I almost never present all of the ideas that pop into my head.  In the following monologue, I created only 5 lines from the 12 ideas that I came up with.

SET-UP (what was said or what happened at the meeting before I presented the monologue)

1.  Someone mentioned Moses from the Bible.

2.  During the Observational Humor part of the meeting, a member opened his observations with the fact that, because I always brought a clip board to the meeting, he decided to bring one that evening.

3.  That meeting, instead of my normal clipboard, I had brought a large notepad of paper to write on.

4.  We had a celebration-type cake.  It had someone’s name on it.  Someone had jokingly requested to be served a piece of cake with his own name on it.

5.  Someone in the dating scene said that she was in search of an enlightened man.

6.  A new member of the club mentioned that he had bought some sexy wine glasses.

7.  Someone mentioned that there was nothing to do in their hometown except to have a Bar-B-Que with the neighbors.


I’m Moses.  And I brought my tablet.
(I combined two elements from the meeting.  Without saying it, I noted that I had not brought my normal clipboard.  I linked the writing tablet that I did bring, with Moses, who came down from the mountain with two tablets.)

I wanted a piece of cake with my name on it too.  But since they didn’t have one, I made do by eating it in the John.
(Light self-deprecation, making fun of my own name.)

I woke up this morning…jumped out of bed…and looked in the bathroom mirror hoping to find an enlightened man.  Oh well, there is always tomorrow.
(Self-deprecation, suggesting that I was less than enlightened.)

Steve…I’ve never had any sexy wine glasses.  But I do have a really hot corkscrew.  We should get together sometime.
(The member’s comment about the sexy glasses got a laugh when he said it.  Corkscrew is a funny word.  This line approached the edge, but I decided it was OK to use it.  The line received a good laugh.)

I grew up in a neighborhood of cannibals.  It was a boring town.  They rolled up their sidewalks at 8pm.  There was nothing to do except “bar-b-que the neighbors.”
(A good twist of words.  A good closing line.)