Obsservational Humor — Case Study #104

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting.

We’ll look at the set-up for the jokes, the punchlines, and a quick look at what made the jokes work.

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

1.  Melanie provided a flow-chart handout with colorful pictures supporting her networking speech.

2.  Scott spoke on the topic “Expose Yourself.”  Melanie said that if she a dime for every time someone asked her to expose herself, that she would have ten cents.  A good laugh.

3.  Darren led a humor exercise in the form of:  Professionally I’m half BLANK and half BLANK.  Which means that PUNCH LINE

4.  Melanie asked two audience members (Bobby and Carolyn) to role play a “closed conversation” (the opposite of an “open conversation”).

5.  In his role play, Bobby excused himself from a conversation with, “Excuse me, I have to go tinkle.”

6.  Bobby asked his conversation partner, “Do you have an inheritance?”

7.  Rachel, a guest at the meeting, left the program about twelve minutes before it ended, just before the Observational Humor program began.


Tonight I’m going to share the secret of Observational Humor.  Just follow this simple flow-chart (I held up Melanie’s networking flow-chart).
(Linking Melanie’s handout with Observational Humor was a simple and effective way to get an opening laugh.  Good response.)

If I had a dime for every time someone asked me to expose myself, I’d owe thirty cents.
(Playing off something funny that had happened earlier.  Piggybacked on Melanie’s joke.  Very good laugh.)

I’m half magician and half humorist.  Which means that people laugh at my magic.  And they’re mystified by my jokes.
(I Pulled this from my comedy magic act.  A tested line dropped into an Observational Humor monologue.  Sometimes spontaneous lines are recycled.  Big laugh.)

I was going to ask Bobby and Carolyn to role play a “clothed conversation.”  Then they would follow-up with an unclothed conversation.  But we’re short on time, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.
(Good twist on the role play using a sound-alike word.  First laugh followed by a topper “use your imagination.”)

You probably don’t know it, but Bobby’s favorite song is Tinkle Tinkle Little Star.
(Tinkle is a funny sounding word with a touch of onomatopoeia.  A call back.  Got a good response.)

I regret that Rachel left early. I was going to ask her if she had an inheritance
(A call back to the inheritance line.  Funnier because I’m implying that I would be forward enough to ask that question of a guest.)