Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting:
THE SETUP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was presented.)
1. I was introduced by the General Evaluator.
2. While delivering impromptu speech topics, two members role-played as Superman and Batman.
3. In his speech, Scott named two mentors. Bill was one. I was one. He said that Bill was tough on him.
4. I’m normally casually dressed when I attend meetings. That night, Ryan was very casually dressed…shorts, TShirt, sandals.
5. A speaker talked about family names and what a translation of a family name said about a person’s ancestors.
6. Greg gave a humorous speech about relationships. He talked about his wife and ex-wives. He talked about meeting a woman who had features he was not normally attracted to. He talked about meeting a woman with a deep voice.
Mr General Evaluator, Superman, Batman…I am the Joker…and it’s time for Observational Humor.
(As the assigned leader of Observational Humor for the meeting, it allowed me to do a couple of character call-backs and link it to a character for myself, the Joker, which fit my role as Observational Humor Master. It served as a good transition to the humor part of our meeting.)
Scott…hit the floor for 50 push-ups. And you thought Bill was tough on you.
(Role reversal placed me as the tough mentor. Good laugh.)
I’d like to thank Ryan for making me feel over-dressed.
(Almost a running gag. I’m frequently doing self-deprecation at the informal way I dress. So it was a reversal pointing out that Ryan was more casually dressed than I was. From a humor standpoint, it was a double-plus that he was our club President and that he was well liked. You normally have more permission to poke fun at authority figures. And roast-like lines play best when directed at popular people.)
My family name suggests that my ancestors were Kind.
(Weakest line of the monologue.)
I met an attractive woman at the store today:
– She was short. I’m normally attracted to tall women.
– She was a brunette. I’m normally attracted to red heads.
– She had a deep voice. I’m not normally attracted to Greg’s wives.
(Very strong closing line using the Rule-of-Three. When Greg mentioned the deep-voiced woman he got a big laugh, so that provided a trigger for my joke suggesting that he married deep-voiced women. Very big laugh.)