More Observational Humor from an excellent meeting. Â We’ll look atÂ the humor, starting with the set-ups, the jokes, and a brief examinationÂ of what made the jokes funny.
THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meetingÂ before the monologue was delivered.)
1. It was one of the most windy nights we’ve seen in a long time. TheÂ wind was so strong it kept blowing the front door of the building open.
2. The Club awards for Toastmaster of the Year and Spark Plug of the
Year were presented. Members were recognized for contributions to theÂ club, including being a “Cheer Leader” for Toastmasters.
3. Guest speaker Ken reflected on the meaning of FINE. It meansÂ something is good. And it means a financial penalty for something youÂ should not do.
4. Dawn presented a mini-humor workshop. She joked that peopleÂ shouldn’t watch me during her workshop because they might see my lipsÂ moving while she was speaking.
5. Guest Steven told us he has been a member of Toastmasters for 18Â years.
6. Bill Lusk is a 55 year TM member.
7. Before the meeting started, Bobby joked that he loved seeing guestsÂ because he likes seeing people he doesn’t owe money to.
8. Our Gramarian looks for filler words: Â So, Ah, and otherÂ meaningless filler words. She said that Ethan had a BUT and a WELL.
9. We have been having younger members join our club. They areÂ talented and bring great energy to the meetings.
10. Guest Nick said he was born and raised in Las Vegas.
11. A speaker told about visiting a sperm bank and seeing their donor books categorized by descriptions of the donors: Height, Ethnicity,
We have an announcement. If you drove to the meeting tonight…yourÂ car is now in Kansas.
(We were having the biggest wind storm I had seen in years. The firstÂ thought I had was “You’re not in Kansas anymore.” I used that line toÂ arrive at the line I actually used. The magic is in the re-write.)
Give me a T. Give me an O. Give me a M-A-S-T-E-R. What does itÂ spell? Toastmaster! Yea!
(I played the role of an un-talented cheer leader. I was well cast in thatÂ role.)
After the presentation of Toastmaster of the Year and Sparkplug of theÂ Year earlier this evening, I realized I need to be more of a cheer leader.
(The line got a bigger laugh than I expected.)
Ken that was a fine speech.
(A very big laugh. Â Bigger than I was expecting. Â Played with a double word meaning.)
The secret is out. Now you know why you never see Dawn speakingÂ while I’m drinking water.
(A good line which I occasionally recycle when it fits.)
We’re hoping that Steven will join our club. When we add his TMÂ experience to that of the rest of the club, our combined experience will finally exceed the singular experience of Bill Lusk.
(Exaggeration. Honors Bill for his experience, and pokes fun at him for
Bobby says he loves seeing guests at the meeting because he likes to see people to whom he doesn’t owe money. What Bobby doesn’t know isÂ that Dustin and Nick are both undercover agents for the IRS.
(I asked myself, how could Bobby owe the guests money?)
I’m not sure, but I think the gramarian said that Ethan had “a butt inÂ the well.”
(I twisted a call back)
I’ve noticed that recently our new members and our guests are young,
talented and good looking. They are making us old-timers look bad. InÂ fact one of our new members referred to us as “you older speakers.”
(The truth is funny. The new members ARE young, talented, good looking.)
All I have to say is that one day, you younger speakers are going to lookÂ like me.
(Self deprecation. Very big laugh.)
Nick said something that surprised me. You said that you were bornÂ here. (Nick agreed.) That amazes me, because I didn’t think theÂ building was that old.
(I took a literal statement to the extreme. I thought that Nick wouldÂ confirm that he had said HERE, but he obviously he didn’t mean THISÂ BUILDING. A big laugh.)
Often times, a guest will tell me that they’ve seen me before. That mightÂ be because I’m in the National Speakers Association Directory. Or itÂ might be because of my web site. Or it might be because I’m in theÂ donor books for TALL, for SCANDANAVIAN, and for SENSE OFÂ HUMOR.
(A call back. Good job tying me into the donor books. Good laugh.)