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Humor Monologue delivered at Toastmasters meeting – June 14, 2017

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. The word of the day was ‘Nevertheless’. Many speakers combined two sentences with the word ‘Nevertheless’. It became a running gag.

2. Today is the birthday of Donald Trump.

3. The table topics were about minions. I got a topic – what if the minion is your imaginary friend? I said that it would do tasks like, fixing me drinks, ironing my clothes, and keep my wife away.

4. Another table-topics speaker called the minion Mr.Banana since it likes bananas.

5. Floris gave a technical speech. He called himself an entrepreneur. He explained models like Waterflow model, Scrum model, Kanban model etc.

6. Many speakers went way over time.

7. Tom asked us to get out of comfort zone. He said he got out of his physical comfort zone – he started wearing different types of clothes.

8. Tom said that to get out of comfort zone he would watch the most horrible, dark, disgusting moveis.

9. Linda, a guest, came to the meeting with her father. She said she came to Toastmaster because she wants to speak well.

10. Karen, another guest, said that she came to Toastmasters because she wants to be able to use the right word for the right occasion.

11. The tabletopics master quoted someone, “Do not do something to someone which would anger you if they did it to you.”

12. When the emcee invited me to the stage for the observational humor part, Floris interrupted, raised his hands, and wanted to ask the emcee something.

The Humor Monologue
1. Floris, let the Toastmaster complete what she wanted to say. She wanted to say “Hand over the floor”, not “Hand, over the shoulders”.
(It was a spontaneous line. Since Floris interrupted by raising his hands, this line came spontaneously to me. Good opener. Keep your ears and eyes open until you start speaking. Even at the last minute, you might get lines for your monologue. The more spontaneous it is, the more laughter you’ll get)

2. Today, I’ve gotten out of my physical comfort zone. I’m wearing clothes.
(Break the audience expectation. They were expecting I was wearing different kind of clothes.)

3. Today is the birthday of Donald Trump. Like Floris, he calls himself an entrepreneur.
(Find something similar to someone said.)

4. We saw that Floris is interested in models (Waterfall, Scrum, Kanban etc). Trump is interested in the same. Models.
(Word play. Good laughter.)

5. My imaginary friend Minion likes bananas. A banana a day will keep my wife away.
(Twist a cliche. Good laughter)

6. The most horrible, dark, disgusting movie is inspired by my married life.
(Self deprecation)

7. Push your boundaries… but not the boundaries on your speech time limit. Nevertheless, it’s not a contest.
(Observation – all speakers going way over time, and linking it with the theme. Topper – running gag on the word of the day. Best line of the monologue.)

8. I always do something to someone which would not anger me when they do the same to me. Last week, on the street, I kissed a random pretty girl.
(Unexpected punchline)

9. Linda, you want to speak well. It explains why you have come with your dad. Because you don’t want to keep mum.

10. Karen, you want to use the right words for right occasions. Take a cue from the birthday boy Trump, who uses 3 words for all occasions – Terrific, Tremendous, Loser.
(Good closer. Another best line of the monologue. The word ‘Loser’ got more laughter)

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