Observational Humor — Case Study #75

Here is a monologue presented at the end of a meeting and an analysis of the humor.

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

1.  A guest said she was attending the meeting because she wanted to learn how to be more extroverted and open.

2.  The theme of the meeting was Onomatopoeia which means:  A word that imitates the source of the sound it describes, such as:  Meow, Crash, Crack, Ding Dong.

3.  The emcee of the meeting said that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was an example of onomatopoeia.

4.  The word of the day was Kip.

5.  Frank (who goes by the initial S), said that if you put him in front of the word-of-the-day, you would have SKIP.

6.  Frank is a large person, 6 foot 4 inches tall.

7.  Frank responded to a question with a horse-type NEIGH.

8.  A speaker said she ran a marathon, but joked that she quit running 2/10 of a mile from the finish.  “Running 26.2 miles is ridiculous.”

9.  A speaker gave a speech on Africanized Honey Bees.  He said that pesticides used to kill the bees also kills other insects.

10.  During the impromptu portion of the meeting, speakers imitated animals making appropriate sounds:  Moo, Baaa, Roar…

THE MONOLOGUE

For those of you who are here to become more extroverted and more open…watch me closely.
(Self deprecation, my low-key delivery is the opposite.  A very big laugh.  A perfect opener.)

My favorite onomatopoeia is Twinkle Twinkle.  I just love going outside at night and LISTENING to the stars.
(Twinkle is not an example of Onomatopoeia as it doesn’t originate from a sound but rather a visual.  I wasn’t sure this joke would work, but it got a good laugh.)

If you put S in front of KIP…nobody would know what the word of the day was.
(A literal statement of the truth.  Huge laugh.)

Frank would probably disagree with that, because he’s a neigh (nay) sayer.
(A call back.)

I’ve written a best seller:  Laos on Five Kips a Day.
(Reference to an old best-seller book series started by Europe on Five Dollars a Day.  One of the definitions of KIP is a unit of currency in Laos.)

I ran in the Las Vegas Marathon this past weekend.  At 2/10 of a mile I stopped running.  Running 26.2 miles is ridiculous.
(STOPPED RUNNING got a very good laugh.  RIDICULOUS got a huge laugh.  The topper was unexpected.)

I had a nest of Africanized bees in my back yard.  An exterminator sprayed and killed the ants, the roaches, and my dog.  My dog’s last word was…MEOW.  He was bi-lingual.
(ANTS, ROACHES AND MY DOG got a laugh.  The topper MEOW got a bigger laugh.  The second topper BI-LINGUAL got the biggest laugh.)