Here’s an Observational Humor monologue from a Darren LaCroix humor workshop in Las Vegas.
THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the workshop.)
1. Darren mentioned that he is a very physical, high-energy speaker (which is true).
2. Darren said that anyone contributing something to the program as an audience volunteer would receive a free CD of the program.
3. We practiced creating a joke using the rule-of-three to set-up and deliver a punchline. One joke was: To motivate people you need sincerity, conviction and a gun.
4. Darren demonstrated how the punchline tricks the mind, using the classic line: Take my wife…please.
5. Darren demonstrated character development in a story by giving one of his female characters the qualities of an Amazon woman.
6. Darren mentioned that an ex-girlfriend was a teacher of the Law of Attraction.
7. Darren presented an exercise, half and half: I’m half French and half German…which means (punchline).
8. I’m Norwegian heritage.
THE MONOLOGUE (Not delivered due to lack of time. Remember that 90% of the value is in the creation of the monologue, not in the delivery.)
I know what you’re thinking…Oh no! Another high-energy speaker.
(Self-deprecation. I opened by immediately commenting on my contrasting, low-energy style.)
Is that enough to get my free CD?
(A topper and a quick and unexpected callback.)
I have a really funny joke to tell you. I have a setup. I have a punchline. And I have a gun.
(A triple which sets up a punchline which is a callback.)
Take my wife…she’s an Amazon.
(Inserts a callback to switch a classic joke.)
Comedy secret #9. Do what Darren does. Surround yourself with people who are good at what they do.
– His financial advisor is broke.
– His fitness guru is in intensive care.
– And his EX-girlfriend teaches the Law of Attraction.
(This is a triple that sets up a callback. It’s based on the possible dis-connect, not the reality, between an attraction expert being an EX girlfriend.)
I’m half humorist and half Norwegian. Which means that I’m funny…but you’d never know it.
(Self-deprecation. I am funny, yes. But most people would never guess it when first meeting me.)
Watch for the January 1 Ezine which will include an article on how to create “savers” (what to say when a line doesn’t work) based on Observational Humor. We’ll examine three, original, one-time saver lines created during Darren’s workshop and analyze which is the most sure-fire one to use. Subscribe to the ezine at www.HumorPower.com.