Observational Humor — Case Study #39

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue.  The principles and lessons-learned apply to any speaking situation where you might want to use some fresh humor.

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

1.  Club member Darren LaCroix had posted a YouTube video featuring a recent club meeting.

2.  David is one of our newer members, early 20s and good looking.  He attended the meeting wearing a tie for the first time (that I can remember).

3.  A member was assigned an impromptu speech topic telling us why Angelina Jolie would make a good Zamboni driver (machine used at an ice rink).

4.  A guest said that she had won the Miss Teen Las Vegas contest many years ago.

5.  A speaker announced that she was competing in the Miss Teen USA Contest on Thursday.

6.  Aimmee Riley gave a speech and talked about her book Tears of Hope.  Several members commented that when they read her book they couldn’t put it down.

7.  Aimmee said that at one point in her life her Visa had expired.

8.  Our speaker who was competing in the Miss Teen USA contest said that she wanted to develop a program for children at a homeless shelter but that she was required to have a Masters in Business.

9.  A speaker wanted to list FOUR things but mistakenly held up FIVE fingers.

10.  A speech evaluator gave a suggestion on how a speaker could improve the rhythm of her speech.  He gave an example of the pacing:  “Something Something Something…well…Something Something Something.”


How many of you watched Darren LaCroix’s ten-minute YouTube video featuring our club’s recent meeting?  (More than half the room raised their hand.) You may have pictured Darren driving down Interstate 15 holding the video camera:  “Hi, this is Darren LaCroix on my way to the… Honk-Honk…hey buddy, watch where you’re driving…On my way to the PowerHouse Pros Toastmasters meeting.”  I want you to know that he wasn’t holding the video camera while driving 65 MPH on the freeway.  He would never do anything so dangerous.  The truth is…I was shooting the video…while lying on the hood of his car.
(This was a planned piece of Observational Humor I brought to the meeting.  It was timely and provided me with a good opener to the monologue.  I received a good laugh from the Act-Out bit, “Hey Buddy.”  And the switch at the end set me up as the target of the joke.)

Just when you thought he couldn’t get any cuter…in walks David with a tie.  I know a hot Zamboni driver who would like to meet you.
(I wasn’t sure the first line would work.  For it to get a laugh, the audience needed to be thinking the same thing I was.  And based on the response they apparently were.  It got a very big laugh.  It really needed a closing line and the topper provided a good closer to the joke.)

Years ago I won the Nevada Teen Mr Universe Contest.  It’s been a long time.  I eventually topped the scales at 400 lbs (I’m slender at 175 and 6’3″).  Then one day I stepped into a sauna…and started reading Aimmee’s book. 
(Playing with an absurdity, I’d be one of the last people you’d expect to be a former Mr Universe winner.  And I’ve never been heavy…but for the sake of the joke I have license to say that I was because it sets up the “book” line.  The final punchline suggests that I couldn’t put the book down and lost all my weight in the sauna finishing the book.)

I’ve decided to enter the Miss Teen America contest this Thursday.  I know that I could be at a dis-advantage since my VISA has expired.  So has my MasterCard.  But I think I actually have an advantage over the other competitors…I have my Masters in Business.
(Again playing with the absurd.  I would never enter the Miss Teen America Contest…again.  And connecting three different observations:  The contest, the VISA, and the MBA.  Humor is about the connections.)

I’ll close with one humor tip (holding up two fingers).  Here’s a great structure for using humor.  Joke Joke Joke…well…Joke Joke Joke.
(Closed with two good laughs.)