Observational Humor — Case Study #63

Here’s a look at Observational Humor presented after a presentation by Mike Rayburn, professional guitarist, comic, motivational speaker.

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

1.  Guest speaker Mike Rayburn is a professional speaker and entertainer.  He is a very funny guy.

2.  Ben Klink introduced Mike and made reference to something being Sizzling Red Hot, “Like my face.”  The line got a big laugh.

3.  Mike quoted Descartes:  I think…therefore I am.  Then he twisted the phrase for a big laugh.

4.  Mike joked that one of the fun things about having a career as a comic is that you occasionally get to speak to drunk people.

5.  Bobby was a guest from another club.  He is a very funny guy and often kids about stealing other people’s jokes.

6.  As one of his amazing guitar numbers, Mike did a musical parody of Dueling Banjos, where he played a duel between a guitar and a middle-eastern instrument, using only an accoustic guitar.

7.  Mike referred to a genetically modified tomato that even flies won’t eat.


Here’s the humor tip for the day.  If you want your humor to be a big hit…volunteer to follow a brilliant, professional comic.
(The joke suggests that the opposite will happen.  It’s saying that following a pro, by comparison, your humor will appear lame.  Self-deprecation.)

That will make your humor sizzling-red-hot…like Ben Klink’s face.
(Ben’s earlier comment received a big laugh.  That made the comment a good target for an Observational Humor joke.)

As I heard Mike speak, I realized:  I’m funny…therefore I am!
(Twisting a cliche to fit my theme of humor.)

I’ve got a great idea to improve our club meetings.  Let’s bring a Keg to each meeting.  And we can speak to drunk people.
(Silly suggestion.  Good laugh.)

Have you met our guest, Bobby?  He’s from another club.  This week he’ll be doing jokes with set-ups written in America and with punchlines written in Baghdad…which will result in jokes that flies won’t laugh at.
(A call back to the musical parody of dueling banjos.  Includes a topper, twisting the reference to what flies will and won’t do.  A huge laugh.)