Archive for October, 2012

What Makes YOU Laugh?

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

In our joke contest for October there were common themes mentioned in What Makes You Laugh:

Authority Figures
Taking Self Lightly
Embarrassing Moments
Funny People
Slapstick Moments

The question is what makes YOU laugh?  And then when the going gets tough, it’s important that you remember the answer to that question and to bring those things into your life.  Especially when life is dealing you lemons, avoid toxic people and situations.  Do something on purpose to bring some laugh starters into your day.  What works for you may be different than what makes someone else laugh.

  – Take a coffee break with a friend who makes you laugh.
  – Play with a kitten.
  – Read a chapter in a book by a favorite humorist.
  – See a comedy at the movies.
  – Tell a friend about one of your embarassing moments.

Or play with a child.  Don’t have one?  Volunteer to baby sit for a friend.  Your friend can go to a movie and you can spend the evening laughing with a three-year-old.  You both win.

Make a list that works for you.  Think of these as mini-vacation starters.  And the next time you’re under stress, break the pattern by adding to your life What Makes You Laugh!

Joke Contest Results — What Makes You Laugh

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

It’s time for the results of our October Joke Contest — What Makes You Laugh–In Three Words or Less

Our Cartoon Caption Contests with Dan Rosandich are on hold while he is upgrading his web site.  For now, we will have Joke Contests every month.

 New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month. The next contest is November 1.

Here are this month’s top lines:

What Makes You Laugh — In Three Words or Less


Mishaps on stage
     Kim Spero, Las Vegas, Nevada


Big people falling
     Jim Spero, Las Vegas, Nevada


My fellow inmates
     Marty Bernstein, Oak Park, Illinois

HONORABLE MENTION (in random order)

  – Helium adjusted speech
  – Baby’s first taste
  – Ventriloquist’s dummy signing
  – Leno with laryngitis
  – Taser tag
  – Government Leadership
  – Old Monster movies
  – Stupid criminals
  – Outrageous DUI excuses
  – Printing errors
  – Funny home videos
  – Toastmasters meetings
  – Spoonerisms
  – My barbershop quartet
  – My son
  – My funny bone
  – A Curious  Kitten
  – Baby’s First Word
  – Baby’s First Step
  – Wife telling stories
  – Grandkids playing chase
  – Politicians attempting truth
  – Tripping over nothing
  – Startling grown men
  – Kids mimicking adults
  – Yoda backward speaking
  – Mae West
  – The occasional gotcha
  – Several drinks
  – Laurel & Hardy
  – Pesci in Goodfellas
  – Kramer
  – Jack Benny’s violin
  – Rodney Dangerfield monologues
  – Mayan predictions
  – Three Stooges movies
  – Calvin & Hobbes
  – Pie in face
  – Unexpected associations
  – A Celebrity President
  – Saturday morning cartoons
  – Fun balloon animals
  – Cialis commercials
  – Blazing Saddles
  – The Darwin Awards
  – Mork and Mindy
  – Tickle me, Elmo
  – Sol, Gerald, Nancy.
  – Really bad puns
  – Non sequitur reactions
  – Plays on words
  – NFL referee strike
  – Most wining entries

Observational Humor — Case Study #89

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Here is another Observational Humor monologue.  First, I’ll provide you the set up for the jokes.  Then, following the jokes, I’ll share a few words about what makes each joke work.

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

1.  Mary was our emcee for the program.  When introduced she was standing, or more accurately hiding, behind the lectern which was taller than her.  At the completion of her introduction, she raised her arms and waved her hands.  A big laugh.

2.  A speaker talked about Japanese bath houses and social customs.

3.  A speaker told about picking up a nervous, shaking dog.  The dog wet the shirt and pants he was wearing.

4.  Dawn evaluated Ben’s speech.  Ben wore a bath robe at the start of the speech.   Dawn referred to his opening as SHOCK AND AWE.

5.  Beverly assigned impromptu speech topics on a theme of strange food combinations.  Each speaker’s assignment was to describe a recipe using those foods.

6.  Greg attended his first meeting in a couple of months.  He had grown a mustache and beard.  And he had lost 30 pounds. 

7.  A speaker quoted Ben Franklin:  “Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”  He then jokingly said that Franklin had probably stolen the words from Socrates.


One of our members is Superwoman.  She changes clothes, not in a phone booth, but behind a lectern.
(This line received a huge laugh.  It was a call-back to something that had received a big laugh.  It implied that Mary was Superwoman.)

The theme of our next meeting is BATH HOUSE.  We’ll be getting to know each other much better.
(The triggers are:  Absurdity, tension, and creating a funny picture.)

So next week if you see any members nervous and shaking.  Don’t pick them up.
(A call-back to picking up the dog.)

Ben, I wanted to clarify Dawn’s evaluation of your speech.  Wearing a robe was SHOCK.  Taking it off was AWE.
(I created a punch line by splitting the cliche SHOCK AND AWE.  It got a big laugh.)

I recognized Beverly’s cooking tips.  It was obvious we both watch Fear Factor.
(A fair response.  Probably the weakest line of the monologue.  Fear Factor is not a mega-hit TV program.)

It’s great to have Greg attending our meeting again.  He’s been spending his time in the Witness Protection Program.
(Huge laugh as the audience recognized the implied “he has changed so much I didn’t recognize him.”)

My Dad always told me:  Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.  My Father was a close friend of Socrates.
(Good laugh.  Not one of the strongest lines, so it was probably not the best choice for a closer.)

Las Vegas Humor Event

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Power House Pros — A Humor Specialty Club
Featured Speaker:  S Frank Stringham
Presenting:  To Wit — Or How To Think Quick on Your Feet
Monday, October 15, at 6:15 pm.
Location:  Pololu Robotics and Electronics, 920 Pilot Road, Las Vegas.

Have you ever wanted to respond to something someone said, but just couldn’t think of it fast enough?  Have you heard someone say something witty, at the right place, at the right time, and wished that you could do the same thing?  Would you like to use your cleverness and your wit to become a better, and more respected, leader, friend, spouse, parent, partner? You CAN learn how to be witty.
S Frank Stringham is a professional speaker, entertainer, and the Musical Director of the Las Vegas Improvisation Players.  He was featured on the Season One opening show of America’s Got Talent.
Don’t miss this exciting program!

Teleconference Tuesday

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Humor Teleconference Tuesday

You will learn:

  • Where to find comedy opportunities in your program. Never again will you say, “I just can’t find any funny stuff.”
  • The most important step in writing humor. Many great performers do this innately and don’t even know they do it. By the way, nobody teaches this.
  • Four joke-writing techniques. Real exercises that teach you.
  • At least 10 performance secrets that great comics use. This will make your humor “kill.”
  • How to constantly improve your comedy quotient. Behavioral changes that will get you in the “humor mindset.”

Sign up Today.  Don’t miss it!

Humor Teleconference

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

We Can Make a Funnier You!

A live teleconference.
Featuring three top humor experts.
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE,
Mark Mayfield, CSP, CPAE,
George Campbell, CSP, CPAE

Tuesday, October 9, at 7:00 pm EST.

There’s not a presentation that can’t be made better with a little (or a lot) more humor. It engages the audience, makes the material memorable, thrills the meeting planner, and propels your presentation to the best marketing tool you have.

But just how does one funny-up one’s presentation? What if you get titters but want guffaws? Or maybe you present serious content–how can you add humor to that without taking away from the depth of your knowledge?

Tim, George and Mark are hilarious and seasoned veterans of the stage, but more importantly can teach you how to “do funny.” This is a side-splitting teleseminar wrapped around the fundamentals of comedy writing and performing.  It’s not just a bunch of funny stories from these guys,  it’s hands-on exercises and information not taught anywhere else. Absolutely nobody has broken down comedy writing and performing like them, and regardless of your comedic level, you’ll benefit from this innovative material.

Sponsored by Speaker Net News
Highly recommended.
To sign up or for more information.