Observational Humor — Case Study #32

It’s time for another Observational Humor monologue.

THE SET-UP (what happened at the meeting before the monologue was presented)

1.  After the prepared speech segment of the meeting, the Emcee of the meeting introduced the impromptu segment by saying, “Now it’s time for the fun part of the meeting.”  Then she realized that she might have been suggesting that the speeches were not fun and corrected herself, “All parts of the meeting are fun.”

2.  While critiquing a speech delivered by Frank, the evaluator mentioned that he was bigger than life, not quiet, meek and feeble.

3.  A speaker demonstrated how over-gesturing can look unnatural.

4.  Frank took the stage before he started his speech and as though he were dancing with the Emcee, he leaned her backwards in a dance move referred to as a DIP.

5.  Frank later in the meeting noted that tonight was Roast-Frank-night, as he was the butt of many jokes.

6.  Bryant gave a speech titled A Day At The Beach.  He used BEACH as an acronym to explain good delivery techniques.

7.  One of the techniques he suggested was maintaining eye contact with someone until they nod in agreement.

8.  A speaker shared a memorable day when she had connected with someone who told her that she reminded him of his mother:  “And we both cried.”


NOW we’ve arrived at the FUN part!
(A callback to the correction made by the Emcee.)

And it’s presented by your quiet, meek and feeble Observational Humor Master.
(Self deprecation.)

(while gesturing wildly) Does anyone have any Observational Humor to share?

In keeping with the theme of the meeting:  Did you notice that Frank did a dance move with the person who introduced him?  That move was called a DIP.  Which explains why every time we hear someone mention the word DIP…we think of Frank.
(Picks up on the roast-meeting-theme suggested by Frank.  Then plays with the double meaning of the word DIP.)

Here’s a tip for great eye contact.  Maintain your eye contact with someone until you notice they’re nodding off.
(Note that adding the word OFF does a nice job of changing the meaning of the word NODDING to an almost opposite meaning.)

At the next meeting Bryant will be giving a speech on controlling nervousness.  He’ll suggest imagining the audience naked.  It’s called A Day At The Nude Beach.
(Uses the cliche suggestion of “naked audience” to twist the title of Bryant’s speech.)

How many people have been to a nude beach before (five hands raised)?  I was at one in San Diego.  A man came up to me and told me that I reminded him of his mother.  And we both cried.
(Strong closer.  MOTHER was a punch word for the joke.  “And We Both Cried” was a totally unexpected topper.  Big laugh.)