Observational Humor — Case Study #35

Here is another Observational Humor monologue delivered at the end of a meeting.

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

1.  Someone mentioned the biblical character Methuselah who lived to be over 900 years old.

2.  Bill Lusk is our most senior Toastmaster and is in his mid-70s.

3.  The club President mentioned that we were the largest club in our District of over 100 clubs.

4.  We had a large number of guests at the meeting (eight).

5.  We had two guest speakers who were high school students.

6.  An image consultant joked about giving fashion tips to Michelle Obama.

7.  I usually dress very casually when I attend a club meeting.

8.  Our club dues are being collected this month.

8.  Pam Shinkle, our club President, told a story of an IRS agent trying to collect unpaid payroll taxes from a politician.  The agent went to his office and sat in the waiting room.  When people came in, she stood up and said, “Hi, I’m Pam and I’m from the IRS.”  Within forty minutes he wrote her a check.

9.  Dave gave a speech which included the power of visualization.

10.  The word of the day was BODE.  The word of the day is always posted on a sign at the front of the room.


Fellow Toastmasters, honored guests, and Methuselah Lusk.
(Poking fun at the senior member of our club.  He has a good sense of humor.)

It’s said that we’re the largest club in our district.  That is a myth.  We have so many guests…it just looks like the largest.
(This line connected the observation of the “largest club” announcement and the observation of a large number of guests.)

I’ve noticed a trend in this club.  Next week all the speakers will be one-year-olds.
(The principles of extrapolation and exaggeration.)

Michele Obama called me four days ago…for fashion advice (adjusting my denim shirt.)

Our dues are due.  I must warn you…if you haven’t paid…President Shinkle will go to your house and sit on your front porch.  And when your neighbors drive by, she’ll say:  “My name is Pam and I’m from Toastmasters.”
(A simple switch drives this joke.)

David said that a person could have anything just by thinking about it.  If that were true, I’d have a hot body (pointing to, and mispronouncing, the word of the day BODE).
(Mis-pronouncing a word can sometimes lead to humor.  This usually works better if the word is in print, otherwise the reference to the word could be missed.)