Observational Humor — Case Study #90

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting.  First, I’ll give you the set-up.  The “you-had-to-be-there” factor requires that you know what happened during the meeting, in order to understand the humor.  After each observational joke, I’ll make a brief comment about what makes the joke work.

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

1.  Anita was called on to present an impromptu speech topic.  She opened with, “I was hoping I was invisible.”  She was implying that she didn’t want to be selected to speak.

2.  The theme of the day was TICS.  The emcee presented trivia on the subject of TICS throughout the meeting.

3.  Gordon opened his speech in Chinese.

4.  Barbel gave a humorous speech about getting her driver’s license.  She said that her father had been a truck driver.

5.  The word of the day was FLINCH.

6.  It was a warm day and many people were lightly dressed.

7.  A speaker talking about how to write a book, suggested that people put off the difficult task of writing by organizing their sock drawer and their spice cabinet.

8.  A speaker said he was the only Jewish person who had been the President of a Presbyterian association.  He received a big laugh.

THE MONOLOGUE

(Before I started speaking, I carefully positioned myself in a strategic spot.)
I need to move over here…because Anita is not invisible.
(I was pretending to be concerned with Anita blocking someone’s view.  A big laugh.)

I was impressed.  Daniel gave a Tic Talk without being a bomb.
(Playing with sound-alikes [tick tock] and double meanings [bomb]).

Gordon stole my thunder.  I was going to do my first joke in Chinese.
(Absurdity.)

Barbel, thanks for a funny speech.  You told us her father was a truck driver.  Obviously, a Good Humor truck.
(An implied compliment.)

I was bird watching this afternoon.  I saw a flinch.
(Playing with sound-alikes FLINCH and FINCH.  The humor comes from playing the role of being ignorant.  I wasn’t sure it would play very well, but it got a solid response.)

Today was a beautiful fall day.  You’ve noticed that more than half the people tonight are wearing shorts.  And two people are not wearing shoes.  The hotter it gets the more we dress down.  If this is your first visit, you really must come back in August.  Those meetings are a lot of fun.
(The principle is extrapolation.  If we remove an item of clothing for every degree the temperature goes up, eventually….)

I’m writing a book.  My sock drawer and spice cabinet are very organized.
(Self-deprecation.  The implication is that I am a procrastinator.)

I want you to know that I’m the only North Dakota Lutheran who has been the president of a Jewish Synagogue. 
(Huge laugh.  Not true, or course.  Just using a bit of comic license.  A great closer.)