Observational Humor — Case Study #71

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

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

1.  Our General Evaluator said that all of our speech evaluators happened to be cute guys.

2.   An evaluator gave a general suggestion.  He followed that advice with, “I’m not sure how you’ll be able to do that.”

3.  Two of our younger club members (early 20s) are Ryan and David.  A speaker referred to them as his sons.

4.  A speaker talked about turning forty.  He implied that it was a large number.

5.  A speaker talked about people over 100 years old and how Japanese culture treats older people better than we do in the USA.

6.  One of our members is named Bill Parker.

7.  A speaker said that people fear speaking in public more than they fear death.

8.  As part of the impromptu speaking assignments, a member was required to sing a song.


As you’ve probably noticed…we’ve run out of cute guys.
(Self-deprecation.  Huge laugh.  A perfect opener.)

The floor is open to humorous observations.  Your challenge is to come up with observations which are funny.  I’m not sure how to do that…but it’ll be great if you’re able to.
(I wasn’t sure how well this would work, thinking that the set-up might not be strong enough.  But it received a very good laugh.)

I’d like to introduce you to my two grandsons…Ryan and David.
(Self-deprecation.  Good laugh.)

I have a correction to make.  Forty is not a big number.
(I felt this was a good line, but it received almost no laughter.  It may have needed a better set-up to link it to the mention of FORTY during the meeting.  It may also not have been clear that I was implying that 40 is a small number compared to my age.  It was intended to be self-deprecation.)

They announced today that congress has solved the Social Security funding problem.  When seniors turn 65, they will be given a one-way ticket to Japan.
(Best laugh of the monologue.)

What do you call a person who carefully puts a one dollar bill between a five and a ten dollar bill?  A bill parker.
(This line was not in the planned monologue, but Bill made a comment near the end of the Observational Humor session, and I chose to include it.  The humor trigger is name-play.  I look for first and last names which happen to be nouns and verbs.)

We were told that people feared speaking in public more than they feared death.  That’s not accurate.  The number one fear is to die on stage while singing.
(Good laugh by taking a different twist on an old speaking cliche.)