Humor Monologue delivered at Toastmasters meeting – October 19, 2016

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. We’ll tell you what was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was presented.

THE SET-UP. We will give you enough background to help you understand the jokes.
1. Alex gave icebreaker speech. He showed a chassis and said that was his young age, then chassis with wheel was his middle age, then a complete car was his college days and a car in race is right now. He showed that evolution. He ended his speech by saying “Who am I? I am one of you.”

2. Ana’s speech topic was “Save the cat”, a book that talks about writing screenplays. She analyzed scenes from the movies Pulp Fiction and The Hateful Eight. She said that in Hateful Eight, Samuel Jackson claimed that he got a letter from Abraham Lincoln.

3. Word of the day was sarcasm.

4. Table topics were about inventions. The master called the audience and asked them to talk about their invention. The inventions were contraception, light bulb, printing press, telephone, and internet.

5. The table topics master said that internet lead to porn.

6. Alex’s speech evaluator was also Alex.

7. The emcee said that Rens (General evaluator) is the king of evaluation.

8. The emcee asked us what makes holidays so nice?

9. One of the speeches’ topic was “How many Germans does it take to change a light bulb?”

10. Someone’s phone was ringing when the meeting was going on.

The Humor Monologue
1. Who am I? I am one of the Germans. No, I am sarcastic.
(Following the Who am I? I am one of.. pattern. Followed by the punchline “I am sarcastic.”)

2. My speech is about saving the world. I’m going to analyze scenes from 3 movies… 3 porn movies.
(Absurdity. Also breaking the audience expectation. When I said 3 movies, the audience assumed that I was talking about normal movies. But when I said porn, it broke their expectation. This line was strong because of the mention of porn while talking about internet.)

3. This guy invented sarcasm. And everyone was like, “Dude, great invention!! That’s amazing!!”
(Irony. Usually when someone invents something, people shower praises. The praises for someone who invented sarcasm would sound sarcastic.)

4. Thomas Edison invented contraception device. Yes, he did. He invented light bulb.. and then she looked at my face.
(Self deprecation. Implied punchline. Tension and release technique. Created tension using a wrong fact that Edison invented contraception device. Released that tension with a self deprecation line.)

5. Light bulb, printing press, internet – all these were invented for the future generations to enjoy. Contraception – invented for this generation to enjoy. There won’t be any future generations.

6. Samuel Jackson claimed he got a letter from Abraham Lincoln. I claim that I got 33,000 emails from Hillary Clinton.
(Olden days – letter. Modern days – email. I asked myself the question what would current president send me. Answer is email. Exaggerate that – 33,000. And 33,000 is a link to the emails deleted by Hillary Clinton too.)

7. My hateful eight – my father-in-law, mother-in-law, 3 brother-in-laws, 3 sister-in-laws.
(Huge laughter. Global humor – i.e. to make fun of in-laws)

8. Phone was invented so that someone can call you, make it ring, and disturb our meetings.
(Good observation. Linked the invention table topic to the mobile ringing)

9. How many Toastmasters does it take to change a light bulb? Three. One to introduce the changer. One to change the light bulb. And one to evaluate.
(It’s an old joke of mine. Reused it with one addition “One to introduce the changer” which was not in my original joke.)

10. Alex, regarding your speech. You varied your pace. First 100 kmph, then 60, and then 140. Next, you had good headlights contact. And good that you stopped when it was red.
(Mixing his car theme for icebreaker with the Toastmasters elements. Good response.)

11. Alex finished his speech by saying “I am one of you.” No wonder we have another Alex in the audience.
(I analyzed the words “I am one of you” from different angles. It could also mean that his name matches with one of the audience, and THERE WAS ACTUALLY ONE. This turned out to be a very good observation.)

12. What makes holidays so nice? That’s actually a sarcastic question, especially when everyone is holidaying with their wives.
(Universal truth/humor – making fun of wives. And making use of the word of the day – sarcasm.)

13. Rens is the king of evaluation. And Alex is the king of evolution.
(Wordplay. Alex’s icebreaker speech was kind of evolution with the car growing up. So it worked.)


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