Observational Humor — Case Study #66

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting.

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

1.  An evaluator illustrated how a speaker could have a stronger call to action, at the end of a speech, by being very vocally assertive.  He over-did his example, realized it, and then said:  “We’ll, maybe not with not that much bombast.”

2.  We have a very diverse membership.  Several speakers that evening shared that English was their second language.

3.  A speaker mocked his own skill level, saying he had the skills of a giant iguana.

4.  A guest, who was a massage therapist, joked that people will often say to her:  “My back is killing me,” looking for a free massage.

5.  A speaker mentioned that he had recently watched a Japanese movie.

6.  People were assigned impromptu speech topics in pairs.  Pam and David were a team, and Pam climbed all over David.  Someone later joked that they were now required to get married.

7.  A speech evaluator used a sign, which was a magician’s prop, at the end of his evaluation.  The words on the sign changed each time he turned it over:  Applause, More Applause, Keep It Up, Thank You.

THE MONOLOGUE

The floor is open to anyone with Observational Humor.  If you have any Observational Humor…you will PRESENT IT NOW!!!
(I delivered the end of the statement with over-the-top energy, which is a great contrast to my normal low-energy style.)

I feel like I’m at a great disadvantage…when I was raised, my first language was English.
(Could be interpreted as self-deprecation.  Could be interpreted as a nonsense reversal of a common theme at the meeting.  A good laugh.)

It’s strange that I’m good at Observational Humor.  When I was young, I had the humor skills of a giant iguana.
(A call back.  Self-deprecation.)

My back is killing me. 
(Walked over to and looked at the guest who was a massage therapist.  I paused an extra long time.  The laughter was delayed, but very strong.)

That was a time-released joke.
(An off-the-cuff observation that was not in my scripted monologue.  I call delayed reaction jokes, Time Released Humor.  Sometimes the delay is expected.  Sometimes it’s a surprise.  In this case I was anticipating the slow reaction.)

Last night I watched a Japanese movie.  I just watched it.  I didn’t listen to it.
(I played with the literal definition of WATCH.)

After I heard that Pam and David are getting married…I realized that if Michael married JD…he would be Michael Smith.
(Played with names.  Both people have the last name Smith.  Getting married would not change their last names.  Anticipating another delayed reaction, I paused and made a facial gesture.  Received a delayed laugh as they processed the joke.)

That concludes tonight’s Observational Humor.  (Held up hand-drawn sign which said APPLAUSE.  A big laugh.)