OBSERVATIONAL HUMOR – CASE STUDY #146
Here’s another Observational Humor monologue delivered at the end of a meeing. I wrote the jokes as the meeting unfolded.
THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.)
- A speaker quoted a Bible verse.
- A speaker wrote a book with the title: Why Not Today?
- A speaker said she speaks on organizing for dis-organized people.
- A speaker said, “You’re a great audience, and I don’t say that to every audience.”
- A speaker said that he had a part-time job not related to speaking.
- Speaker said his alarm goes off at 5:00 am, seven days a week.
- I was using a walker.
- A speaker listed what women find attractive in a man.
- David, the man in charge of our audio equipment, had started growing a goatee.
- A speaker shared tips about being successful in the speaking business.
- – Not marketing is being invisible.
- – Experienced speakers aren’t cheap and cheap speakers aren’t experienced.
The Bible refers to the quick and the dead. I am neither.
I speak on procrastination. I have a book titled “Why Not Tomorrow?”
(Instead off curing it, I was supposedly encouraging it.)
I do humor for people who don’t like laughing.
(A call-back substituting my theme, humor.)
As a group you have the best sense of humor. And I don’t say that to every group.
(Another call-back again substituting a humor theme.)
I’m now working nights at Madam Tsuaads Wax Museum. I’m performing as a sculpture of Mr Rogers. Tourists say I’m almost life like.
(A call-back on a part-time job and self-deprecation.)
Every day my alarm goes off at 5:00…pm…after my afternoon nap.
(Self-deprecation by flipping am to pm.)
Women like men who are funny. Women like men who are tall. Women like men who use walkers. I made that up.
(Rule of three and self-deprecation.)
I’m pleased to see that David received his Abraham Lincoln starter kit.
(David is a young person and “starter kit” was a funny and appropriate description.)
We have a special guest today. Would you please stand, Hillary Clinton.
(Politics was big in the news and a member looks like Hillary.)
To wrap things up: Two tips to help you understand the speaking business:
Not being funny is being invisible.
Know that funny speeches aren’t cheap…and cheap speeches aren’t funny.
(Twisting previous advice and again dropping in the humor theme.)