Humor Monologue delivered at Toastmasters meeting – June 15, 2016

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. We had lots of guests, most of them were from the Dutch TM club in Eindhoven. President of that club was also there.

2. The grammarian, Chris, said that he’d be looking for English phrases from the speakers that would make him smile (He meant good sentences).

3. Word of the day was ‘Freedom’.

4. One of the speakers said that if you kissed in public in Maharashtra, one of the states in India, then the local political party would marry you both off.

5. Justina staged a play in which she was interacting with Winslow who was acting like a person sitting next to Justina in a movie theater. Winslow acted like an annoying person who was eating chips making loud noise. And Justina, using a 4-step method, has to convince Winslow not to eat the chips anymore and let everyone enjoy the movie.

6. Justina asked the audience what annoys you the most and how did you solve that. Winslow said that employees in his office use the coffee cup and then not wash it, and it would pile up. To solve that, he removed all those cups and asked the employees to bring their own cups.

7. Weather was yet again bad. Weather is bad most of the times in the Netherlands.

8. Andrei gave his icebreaker speech. He said he is a good drummer. He had to move a lot of houses because his neighbors complained.

9. Floris gave a speech in which he was talking about an application he created using maps and how to find altitudes of each place using that map.

10. Lately, we don’t have free drinks at our club because the fridge isn’t working and it’s taken away.

11. Winslow, the general evaluator, asked eveyone to start the speech by saying “Fellow Toastmasters and honored guests.” He said uniformity in addressing is good.

The Humor Monologue
1. Dear president of the Dutch TM club, members of the Dutch TM club, and the 3 people who are not from the Dutch TM club.
(Exaggeration. Rule of three. Good opener)

2. The Dutch TM club is capturing us. We want FREEDOM.
(Following up the first joke and linking it with the word of the day. Good response.)

3. “Say Cheese”. Chris, is that some English that makes you smile?
(Just asked myself the question “Which sentence would put a smile on someone’s face?” and came up with this literal answer.)

4. I had complete freedom until the 10th of Feb this year. That’s when I got married.
(Self deprecation)

5. The day before my wedding, on the 9th of Feb, I kissed her in public in Maharashtra.
(Implying that the political party married us off. Good response.)

6. One annoyed man in the movie theater said, “You lady and gentle man, would you please stop fighting and watch the movie?”
(Delivered this line looking at Justina and Winslow. What if Justina herself was involved in annoying others in the movie theater. That question lead me to this line. Worked well.)

7. For which Justina replied, “Wait wait… I’m just doing the 3rd step.”
(Best line of the monologue. This joke is based on character behavior. How would Justina, who’s a follower of 4-step method to resolve issues with annoying people, behave in any situation? What would their response be?)

8. Earth rotates. But the Netherlands stays in the same place where the weather is bad.
(Truth. Absurdity that the Netherlands stays when the earth rotates. Good response.)

9. Andrei’s favorite part of the Toastmasters meetings is when we say “Drum roll please.”
(Another best line of the monologue. Usually while announcing the best speaker, we would ask for drum roll from the audience. Linking Andrei’s hobby with something from the TM meeting itself.)

10. Floris, could you create a map that could show localities where there are… no drummers… in 3km radius.
(Superiority theory. Made the audience feel superior by implying that I usually get drummers as neighbors.)

11. I want ‘Freedrum’.
(Topper. Word play. Another best line of the monologue.)

12. We used to have a fridge and plenty of drinks. But not anymore. Because Winslow suggested, “Bring your own drinks. And bring your own fridge.”
(The line bring your own drinks isn’t funny. But bring your own fridge is absurd and paints a funny picture. Good response.)

13. The first time I gave a speech at TM, I was shivering, and shaking. And the audience asked, “Are you a drummer?”
(I acted like I was drumming while shivering. Imitating Andrei, the drummer’s icebreaker speech.)

14. I forgot to say in the beginning. At least, let me end using that. Fellow toastmasters and honored guests.
(Silly ending. Good closer.)

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