Observational Humor — Case Study #83

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue and an analysis of what makes the humor tick.

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

1.  A speaker said that he was going to make a speech that would violate our expectations.

2.  Mike Denley was assigning impromptu speech topics and forgot Emily’s first name.  He introduced her as “Ben Klink’s wife.”

3.  Ryan is our President.  When it came time to introduce our emcee for the evening, he said:  “Surprise!  It’s me!”

4.  On several occasions, Ryan has announced upcoming events giving us the wrong date.

5.  Ryan is normally casually dressed, such as short pants and T-shirt.  At this meeting he was wearing all black, long black pants, long-sleeve black shirt.

6.  A speaker told us that she didn’t like Rocky Road ice cream, and that she didn’t like coconut.

7.  A speaker talked about “What Women Want.”

8.  About once every three months, the club will have a mid-meeting break for refreshments.

9.  A speaker gave a speech titled:  Your Credibility Counts.

10.  A speaker said that “women want security.”

11.  A speaker said that men want sex and respect.  Then he joked:  “If you give me sex, I don’t need respect.”

12.  A speaker told a story about his first kiss.  He got so carried away, that his braces cut the girl’s lip.


In the interest of violating your expectations tonight, I’ll present Observational Humor that isn’t funny.  (A call-back.  Self-Deprecation.)

Everyone is wondering:  “Where is Emily Klink’s husband?
(Ben was absent from the meeting.  This was a call-back with a reversal.  Rather than introducing the wife with the husband’s name, I referred to the husband using the wife’s name.  It worked.  A good laugh.)

We had a surprise to open the meeting.  The surprise was not that Ryan was our emcee tonight.  The surprise was that Ryan had the meeting date right.
(Ryan’s forgetting the exact date of events had become a running gag at club meetings.  It provided a good set-up for a joke.  A good laugh.)

The way Ryan is dressed tonight, I feel like I should say:  “Top of the evening to you Father O’Mulligan” (in an Irish accent worthy of an Irish Spring commercial).
(Good response which was helped, in part, by my attempt at an accent.)

At next week’s meeting, we will be having a refreshment break.  We will be serving Rocky Road ice cream with coconut sprinkles.  Yummy!  A woman’s favorite.
(A good joke with two toppers which received very good laughs.)

Your credibility is an abacus.  Your credibility counts.
(A call-back of a speech title, playing with the double meaning of the word COUNTS.)

What do women want?  Well, it varies from woman to woman.  For example Ben Klink’s wife wants you to remember that her name is Emily.  It gives her a feeling of security. That was a special note for Bob Denley.
(Mike forgot Emily’s name.  I pretended to forget his name.  This is a series of joke-topper-topper.)

I’ve always heard that a woman wants a man with a good sense of humor.
And my mother has always told me that a man wants respect.  But for me, if you laugh at my jokes, I don’t care if you respect me.
(Took a sound bite from a speech and twisted it for my use as a humorist.)

I’m from North Dakota.  If your braces get caught on a woman’s lip while kissing, we call that “catch and release.”
(I made the link between braces and a fishing hook.  Good closer.)