Observational Humor — Case Study #53

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue.  It’s not provided to make you laugh (you probably had to be there), but to give you insight into what makes humor work.

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

1.  A speech evaluator pointed out how a speaker increased the energy in the opening of her speech by standing at the back of the room immediately before being introduced.

2.  The theme of the meeting was “Being Happy for No Reason.”

3.  Bill told us he was a retired Air Force air crew member.  He also said he raced cars.  He was “the fastest old man in the group and the oldest fast man.”

4.  A speaker who was a juggler said he didn’t want to tell his mother he had become a professional juggler…so he told her he was in jail.  He also joked that growing up he had no friends.

5.  A speaker told about playing soccer with the Czech national team.  He mentioned dribbling and passing the ball.

6.  Dana said that I was a funny person and drove a funny car.

7.  A speaker talked about whether you should “rent or own” and related it to original material for your talks.


Before I was introduced, I stood up at the back of the room.  Which explains my high energy.
(Self-deprecation of my low-energy style.)

At the end of this monologue you will be happy…for no reason.
(A call back provided a great opening line.)

I have several things in common with Bill.  I’m retired from the Air Force.  I am a former air crew member.  And I’m the slowest old man…and the oldest slow man.
(The rule of three.  And a reversal.)

I’m a typical humorist.  I grew up with no friends.  And my mother thinks I’m in jail.
(Good call back, dropping myself into somebody else’s story.)

I played soccer with the Czech national team.  They were not impressed.  The entire time I was on the field I was dribbling.
(Activated by the double meaning of the word DRIBBLE.)

Dana said I drove a funny car.  That’s not true.  But it does hold twenty clowns.
(A twist provide by the stereotype of a clown car.)

Should you rent or own?  When it comes to humor…jokes are renting.  When you use Observational Humor…you own it.
(Not especially funny, but great closer which makes a good point.)