Humor Monologue delivered at Toastmasters meeting – October 28, 2015

Here is another Observational Humor monologue which was presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. First you’ll be able to read the set-up for each joke. Then I’ll share the joke. Next I’ll briefly comment on what made the joke work. Although the examples of Observational Humor are in the context of a Toastmasters meeting, the skills apply just the same to any meeting you might be attending. It’s a useful skill to develop. When you can drop in an observational line into any presentation it makes the content of your whole talk feel fresh and original.

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

1. I was the Table-topics Master. While calling me to the stage, Justina, the host, introduced me as the Brilliant Bala.

2. We had a guest speaker (Lisette) tonight. She’s a storytelling specialist. Before she started speaking, she asked everyone who was sitting to her side to go sit in the back. She said that she is at most comfort when she sees everyone.

3. She told a story about a king with lean wife. That king once met a poor man in a market whose wife having a nice body. The king asked the poor man as to what he fed his wife, for which he said, “Tongues.” The king would later ask him, “I want your wife. You can have mine.”

4. She told another story where 3 guys named love, success, wealth standing outside your home. Who’d you invite inside? For which she said, “Invite love. Success and wealth will follow.”

5. One tip she gave to us was to act like one of the characters in the story.

6. One of the table-topics was “You’re the winner of the International Speech Contest. And what’s your advice to the 3-times runners-up”. Another table-topic was “How a 3-times runners-up can become the winner next time?”

7. Habib, one of the guests, came with his girlfriend. He told that he came because his girlfriend wanted to come. At the end, when asked if he would like to become a member, he said, “I am leaving for Hungary. So, No.”

8. The president announced that we will be having ‘Potluck dinner’ in December where everyone cooks something and share with others.

9. One of the speakers said about his safari experience. He saw a dead body lying on the park (attacked by leopards). He also saw A LOT OF elephant shit, but he didn’t see any elephant.

10. One of the speakers asked what’s the sweetest thing (for which some said Honey) and the harshest thing (for which one person said, “HR”).

The Humor Monologue
1. She introduced me as Brilliant Bala. Thank you Jolly Justina.
(Huge laughter. Alliterations. And ‘Jolly’ is a funny word)

2. Can all of you go out? I am at most comfort when I don’t see ANYONE at all.
(Self deprecation that I can only speak well when there’s no one. Also paints a funny picture – talking to an empty room)

3. Now I know how to win the International Speech Contest. Eat the tongue… of the contestants.
(Self deprecation. Absurdity. Paints a funny picture. I asked myself the question, how can I be a winner. One answer was “If no one else speaks”. And how can others not speak? One option is if they don’t have a tongue. I linked that fact with the story in which the poor man says “Eat the tongue”. I thought the callback “Eat a tongue” would be a joke and “of the contestants” would act as a topper. But “Eat a tongue” didn’t get any laughter.)

4. Invite love. Success and wealth will follow. Invite girls to Toastmasters. Their boyfriends will follow.
(Good response. Good observation)

5. The sweetest thing I can think of is… a tongue… dipped in elephant shit.
(Huge laughter. Superiority theory – someone else eating elephant shit)

6. The harshest thing I can think of is… my mom took away that food from me… and she ate it. She is HR.
(Average response. It’s again superiority theory – a family eating elephant shit, so the audience feel superior)

7. Last year, I won the International Speech Contest. The runners-up came to me and said, “I want your trophy. You can have mine.” He’s the king of the Netherlands.
(Decent response. Linked the story with the king of the Netherlands)

8. Once I gave a speech. All 7 minutes, I was lying on the floor. I was acting like one of the characters. A dead body.
(Absurdity – sleeping on the stage. What excuse one can come up with for sleeping on stage? Linked that with the tip Lisette gave – act like one of the characters)

9. For the potluck dinner, I’m bringing elephant shit.
(A call-back to my earlier joke. Good laughter. Absurdity – bringing elephant shit and making others eat it)

10. Habib is leaving for Hungary. I am leaving because I’m hungry.
(Nice closer. Book-ending. Opened with word play “Jolly Justina” and closed with “Hungary Hungry”)


2 responses

  1. The measure of a person’s humor skills is found in the consistancy of his/her jokes. The skilled person hits the target more frequently than one that is less skilled. Your monologues continue to get stronger every month. Humor is a learned skill, and with the learning comes growth and more laughs. It’s fun to see the quality of your humorous presentations, both monologues and speeches, continue to improve.

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