Observational Humor — Case Study #80

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.

THE MONOLOGUE

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.)