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. This meeting was not a normal meeting. We had the club contest (for International Speech Contest). So, lot of paperwork and complicated processes were there. Justina was telling the guests not to worry about the complications because it was not a normal meeting.
2. Two of the guests told that they found our club through Google.
3. Bogdan was the target speaker for evaluation contest. He delivered a speech where he was the manager who had to deliver bad news to employees. All the evaluators suggested he announced a reward and gave extra motivation after delivering the bad news.
4. The timer, Rosa, said that when the speakers reach red, she would start dancing to get their attention (so that they are aware they’ve reached red).
5. Floris’ speech topic was “Living in a box”. He said, “Don’t drink too much when you are on the internet.” In his speech, he said, “the company that shall not be named.” (He didn’t want to commercialize.. that’s why).
6. I recently got married.
7. My name was displayed as a contestant speaker on the agenda, but I didn’t give a speech because I didn’t prepare.
8. Jitske was the Contest Master. Her name was printed every other line on the agenda.
9. Yesterday was International Women’s Day.
10. Theme of the meeting was ‘Spring’.
The Humor Monologue
1. Dear Toastmasters, guests, and the person who shall not be named.
(Rule of three. Callback to “the company that shall not be named”)
2. You see my name as a contestant speaker, but I didn’t speak. Well, marriage makes men not speak.
(Universal truth. Good laughter)
3. Theme of the meeting is ‘Spring’. But the real theme is to select the ‘Winter’ of the contests.
(Wordplay. I had to repeat the punchline for the audience to get the wordplay)
4. Hello guests. This is not a normal evening. Normally, our meetings involve more paperwork, and are even more complicated.
(180 degree twist. Good laughter)
5. Not only the guests. Even I found out about this club through Google. I googled, “The best Dance Club.”
(Unexpected punchline. Callback to Rosa’s dancing)
6. Dear employees, I have bad news. But I want to give you a reward… and some extra motivation too. Please enjoy a 5 to 7 minute dance.
(Callback to dancing again. What could be a motivation for employees – entertainment)
7. And the bad news is “The dance performance will be given by ME”.
8. You all know the joke “Google is a woman. Because it won’t let you complete a sentence without suggesting.” Well, I want to spend the rest of my life with this woman.
(Truth. Most people spend most of their time browsing internet).
9. It may be International Women’s Day today. But it doesn’t mean we have to print on the agenda Jitske’s name every other line.
(Good observation. Best line of the monologue)
10. Don’t drink too much when you’re on the internet. And don’t drink too much when you’re on the internet…tional speech contest.
(Wordplay. The pause between internet… and tional did the trick)
11. Good night. Have a safe trip back to your studio, or apartment, or box.
(Rule of three. Call back to “Living in the box”).