Observational Humor — Case Study #27

Here is another example of an Observational Humor monologue presented at a Toastmasters meeting:

THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.)

1.  The meeting started with music reminding us of the Olympics.  The first speaker opened with:  “The music made me want to jump off a balance beam.”

2.  A speaker, who was presenting a humor contest workshop, asked who had heard his contest speech before.  About 80 percent raised their hands.  He said, “Well you’re going to hear it again.”

3.  A presenter referred to speakers who pace as having “happy feet.”

4.  A speaker offered the wisdom, “There’s no such thing as a perfect dairy cow.”

5.  After a break, the Toastmaster (emcee) said that there was so much information delivered in the first half of the meeting that he needed a break to do a quick dump to make room for more information.


I was planning on opening with a back flip on a balance beam…but the ambulance hasn’t arrived yet.
(This joke has an element of self-deprecation, poking fun at my height, age, and lack of gymnastic ability.  The structure is a weaker set-up joke, followed by a stronger topper.)

How many people here have not heard my Tall Tale speech about Area 51 Space Aliens?  Well you’re not going to hear it this afternoon either.
(What drives this joke is a reversal of what the other speaker had said earlier.  The punchline is the opposite of what would be expected.)

I’ve got Norwegian happy feet.  I mention that, because it’s unlikely that you’d notice.
(My normal delivery is the opposite of someone with a habit of pacing.  My laid-back style makes the joke work.  The structure is a set-up joke followed to a topper.)

And I have a lot of information to share with you, but none of it will be more profound than “There’s no such thing as a perfect dairy cow.”  Which means that Bill won’t need to take another quick dump.
(This is a call back of the dairy-cow quote which had earlier gotten a big laugh.  It’s followed by a topper.)