Observational Humor — Case Study #70

Here is an Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of Monday’s Toastmasters meeting.

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

1.  I missed the previous meeting where Al Jensen served as the Observational Humor Master.  Before the meeting started, Al told me that he had done an impression of me, the week before, by imitating my body language.

2.  A speaker shared a quote (I paraphrase):  “If only I could say something…I could be a speaker.”

3.  A theme for the evening was “word play.”  Pam, our emcee for the program, shared the joke…A bus stops at a bus station.  A train stops at a train station.  In my home I have a work station.

4.  Pam had told her partner:  If I agreed with you, we would both be wrong.

5.  Pam shared a joke:  The early bird may get the worm…but the second mouse gets the cheese.  Pam said she had a difficult time explaining the joke to her partner.

6.  A speaker referred to the safety announcement on a plane:  Put on your own mask first, before helping put on your child’s mask.

7.  A speaker asked:  If someone volunteers…is he selfish?

8.  A speaker shared the joke:  I have a wonderful time coming to our club meetings…but tonight wasn’t one of those times.


As I present my Observational Humor tonight…I’ll be doing an impression of Al Jensen doing me.
(This joke would be funniest to members who had been at the previous week’s meeting.  But I knew it would still work well for those who had missed the meeting because, first, Al is a very funny guy and one could easily imagine him doing an impression of me.  And second, he was the General Evaluator and introduced me as the Observational Humor Master.  Since he was center-stage before I started my session, he was a logical person to be the target of a joke.)

If I could say something funny…I could be a humorous speaker.
(This starts a sequence of four jokes which recalls quotes from the meeting which are twisted to fit my role as Observational Humor Master.)

I am the Observational Humorist.  This is my work station.
(Implied punchline, that when my monologue starts the laughs stop.  Self-deprecation.)

If you used the same Observational Humor as me…we’d both be funny.
(Nice twist of a phrase revisited.)

The first speaker may say a joke.  But it’s the second mouse that gets the laughs.
If you don’t understand that joke…Pam will explain it to you later.
(A nonsense joke with a strong topper.)

If you’re robbing a bank with your child…put on your own mask first.
(Good wordplay twist on a previous quote.)

If a shrimp volunteers…is he shellfish?
(Sound alike words are the humor trigger.)

I have a wonderful time presenting my Observational Humor at our meetings…but not tonight.
(An excellent closer.)