Humor Monologue delivered at Toastmasters meeting – May 15, 2013

Read the set-up below and then read the monologue.

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

1. The president and vice-president were absent and hence I gave the president’s introduction to begin the meeting.

2. During the president’s introduction, I gave some tips to the audience on implementing humor in the speeches. Later, during the meeting, Roxana, the meeting evaluator, told sarcastically that it would have been great if I had given some tips on how to laugh as well since the jokes I used for examples were not funny.

3. Edel, during her speech, told that she would walk for 3 to 4 hours daily with her husband.

4. Edel completed her speech in 4 minutes and 46 seconds, which is lesser than the minimum time – 5 minutes – a speaker should speak.

5. Herwart gave an icebreaker speech. He started his speech by saying “Do you want to know why I’m here?”. In between his speech, his throat had gone dry, and hence he drank water 2 or 3 times.

The Monologue

1. I gave the president’s introduction today to begin the meeting because the president is not here, the vice president is not here, and more importantly, some of you are here.

2. Here is tip number 1 on how to laugh: “open your mouth”. Tip number 2: “Laugh with your own mouth.”

3. Edel, you completed your speech in 4 minutes and 46 seconds, which is lesser than the lower limit. Maybe from next time onwards, in between your speech, you should walk for couple of minutes.

4. When Herwart asked us to guess why he was here, I thought he is here to drink water.

5. OK, now all of you open your mouth and start laughing. Otherwise, I will violate tip number 2 and start laughing myself… for you. Thank you.


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