How to be a Great Emcee

Pivotal Public Speaking

I’ve been an emcee for a few gigs — and being a female doesn’t always put me as a first choice in the stereotyping! ………………………… I speak on humor and I often do “master of ceremony-ing&#.

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Keeping the pace lively: The job of an emcee

Speak Schmeak

Enter Tom Phillips, perennial emcee. Use observational humor Tom can always find something amusing in a delay. Be humble One thing I love about Tom's emceeing is that it's never about him. Being an emcee is hard work.

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Keeping the pace lively: The job of an emcee

Speak Schmeak

Enter Tom Phillips, perennial emcee. Use observational humor Tom can always find something amusing in a delay. Be humble One thing I love about Tom's emceeing is that it's never about him. Being an emcee is hard work.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #158

Humor Power

It has been awhile since I published an Observational Humor monologue. In his role as emcee, Marv did a costume change during the meeting, changing coats. This was even more important because our emcee was so dynamic, and that provided a contrast to my low-energy style. When I was told that I would be delivering the wrap up humor at the end of the meeting, I had to change my underwear. . My book will be on humor skills. Humor is a numbers game.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #148

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. The emcee said that her three speakers tonight had not been drinking. The emcee also said that she had a crack team of evaluators. Humor In SpeakingWe’ll tell you what was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was presented. TH SET-UP. We will give you enough background to help you understand the jokes.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #140

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue which was presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. 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. The emcee joked that “there will be no flash photography during the. The vague directions to the rest rooms was partly done for the sake of the humor.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #126

Humor Power

Here is another VIDEO BLOG of Observational Humor presented at the end of a meeting. When introducing me, the emcee told the audience that I had won. Linda Bown talked about humor used by men and women. suggested that humor about ED might not be a good topic.

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Using humor to connect with your audience

The Eloquent Woman

When I asked readers on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook about the one thing they want to improve about their public speaking , Deborah Barbara Adams and Kelly Tran both said "using humor to connect with your audience." How do you use humor? readers' priorities humor

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Observational Humor — Case Study #111

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue. Learning to use Observational Humor adds a fresh touch to your prepared speeches. Audiences love in-the-moment humor. The aim of this part of the program is to fulfill your goal of using humor gooder. (I What is the secret to using humor weller? Greg was the emcee for the program. Case Studies comedy monologue creative writing observational humor

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Observational Humor — Case Study #97

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. The Emcee for the meeting explained that he was sick and would not be shaking hands with anyone he introduced during the program. Al Jensen delivered a program titled: A Square Yard of Humor. He created the title which made reference to his full-day workshop called Acres of Humor. The Observational Humor Master called on me to present my observations. I specialize in humor.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #90

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. The “you-had-to-be-there” factor requires that you know what happened during the meeting, in order to understand the humor. The emcee presented trivia on the subject of TICS throughout the meeting. Barbel gave a humorous speech about getting her driver’s license. Obviously, a Good Humor truck. (An The humor comes from playing the role of being ignorant.

Observational Humor — Case Study # 105

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. . The emcee pointed out the restrooms to the guests. “When you get to the end of the hall, you can go either way and you’ll find a restroom.” This joke depended on people remembering the emcee’s comment. Case Studies creative writing observational humor I’ll privide the set up to the joke, the punchline, and a quick look at what makes the joke tick.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #115

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue. Observational Humor case studies are provided to help us become better at recognizing, writing, and delivering a joke when speaking from the platform. The best kind of humor is that which is designed specifically for the audience. ” When you create Observational Humor you and the audience ARE there, and the joke is often stronger than you would have expected. I’m gonna try some Observational Humor.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #110

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue delivered at the end of a meeting. The emcee introduced someone who was a Doctor. I have presented hundreds of Observational Humor monologues. Tonight I found out that Club Dues Income can’t be used to compensate the Observational Humor Master. Any mistake, yours or someone else’s, should be examined for humor possibilities. Case Studies being funny creative writing observational humor

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Observational Humor — Case Study #86

Humor Power

A small crowd can make the humor less effective. Humor is contagious, and fewer people in the room means less people to “catch the laughter wave.” I’d rather present humor to thirty people than to ten. One of the things about laughter is that humor attracts more humor. If the crowd is small and humor is not quite lifting the roof off the building, tailor your expectations. Daniel was introduced by the emcee to be the Master Evaluator.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #79

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue. The emcee of the evening shared a list of how different political groups would handle the situation of having only two cows. I have no Observational Humor tonight. Switched giving an unprepared speech to giving unprepared Observational Humor; which was not true, because I had prepared a monologue. This is the Observational Humor section of the meeting. Also known as Humor-As-Usual.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #87

Humor Power

Here is an analysis of another Observational Humor monologue. A speaker told the group that I had wondered if people were getting tired of hearing my Observational Humor monologues. The emcee said that this year celebrated the 30th Olympic games. The emcee shared parts of the Olympic creed…to participate, to struggle. The emcee said that before 1912, gold medals were made of real gold. It ruined the humor for the rest of the meeting. (A

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Observational Humor — Case Study #82

Humor Power

Here is the analysis of another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. Our emcee for the evening’s program was Al Jensen. Here’s the opportunity to present your humor…funny and otherwise. When we change MEMBERS into HUMOR, it provides a strong punchline FUNNY AND OTHERWISE. I’m now going to present my Observational Humor, unless someone is willing to give Greg a kiss…I didn’t think so. (A

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Observational Humor — Case Study #83

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue and an analysis of what makes the humor tick. When it came time to introduce our emcee for the evening, he said: “Surprise! In the interest of violating your expectations tonight, I’ll present Observational Humor that isn’t funny. (A call-back. The surprise was not that Ryan was our emcee tonight. I’ve always heard that a woman wants a man with a good sense of humor.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #60

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor Monologue. The emcee was dressed in the same colored suit as Frank. Dana used the Question-Man vehicle to present some of his Observational Humor. It also implies that audiences might question the appropriateness of my humor. Since I knew that the audience had noticed the error, it made it a target for humor.). Tags: Case Studies humor monologue observational humor spontaneous humor

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Obervational Humor — Case Study #69

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. Linda Evans was the emcee for the program. She humorously referred to it as Hot, Horrible and Sweaty. Linda, the program emcee, performed a magic trick to introduce the Observational Humor Master (me). I opened the floor to Observational Humor from the members. Case Studies observational humor Public speakers spontaneous humor

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Gervais Humor at Golden Globes

Humor Power

When a comedian hosts an awards show, you can expect some roast-style humor. Some people were surprised he was chosen as this year’s emcee because many thought he was over-the-top offensive last year. But in his pre-show appearances, he made it clear that he was going to do some sharply-pointed humor this year, too. The anticipation of what he was going to say helped build the tension, which is an important trigger for humor. Humor In Speaking

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Observational Humor — Case Study #99

Humor Power

Here is another set of humorous observations from a recent meeting. He got a good laugh from the group, and that set up the comment as a target for a future observational humor line which I used to open my monologue.). The emcee of the meeting shared Las Vegas trivia with us, which included the making of the world’s largest cake. ” The superiority theory of humor kicks in. Case Studies creative writing observational and spontaneous humor public speaking

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Observational Humor — Case Study #96

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. The Emcee of the meeting gave interesting trivia about Daylight Saving time. Case Studies being spontaneous creative writing observational humor monologue pubic speakingWe’ll look at the set-up, the joke, and comment why the joke worked. . THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.).

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Observational Humor — Case Study #70

Humor Power

Here is an Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of Monday’s Toastmasters meeting. I missed the previous meeting where Al Jensen served as the Observational Humor Master. A theme for the evening was “word play.&# Pam, our emcee for the program, shared the joke…A bus stops at a bus station. As I present my Observational Humor tonight…I’ll be doing an impression of Al Jensen doing me.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #89

Humor Power

Here is another Observational Humor monologue. Mary was our emcee for the program. Case Studies being funny call back observational humorFirst, I’ll provide you the set up for the jokes. Then, following the jokes, I’ll share a few words about what makes each joke work. THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered.).

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Observational Humor — Case Study #76

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. The lesson is that the supply of humorous observations is almost limitless…you only have to be looking for them. Dana gave a humorous speech about kissing. The emcee for the evening introduced “Nancy Grace” as a theme for the meeting. A humorous suggestion of free samples, followed by a topper, 25% of the men.).

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Observational Humor — Case Study #78

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor Monologue with an analysis of what makes the humor tick. The emcee of the evening was introduced by the club President. The emcee talked about the physics of pressure on divers and the need for decompression. While talking about Scuba sign language, emcee Daniel demonstrated the many ways of signing OK. The emcee said that the odds of having a malfunction of scuba equipment was “the square root of one percent.”

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Observational Humor — Case Study #75

Humor Power

Here is a monologue presented at the end of a meeting and an analysis of the humor. The emcee of the meeting said that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was an example of onomatopoeia. Case Studies creative writing joke writing observational humorTHE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting before the monologue was presented.). A guest said she was attending the meeting because she wanted to learn how to be more extroverted and open.

Observational Humor — Case Study #65

Humor Power

The emcee of the program quoted large parts of King’s I Have A Dream speech. Frank, the emcee of the evening, had interviewed every speaker for the evening and asked them what was their dream. Normally the Observational Humor Master (me) is introduced by the Master Evaluator. That evening the Master Evaluator passed control of the meeting back to the emcee without introducing me. The emcee (Frank) kept the meeting moving by doing my introduction.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #55

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue. The set-up information helps you understand the context of the humor. The monologue includes comments and analysis of why the humor works. The emcee referred to the world’s oldest profession. I am your Observational Humor Master…The man…the myth…the legend. (A Observational Humor is also known as Interpretive Humor…which fortunately does not require vocal variety.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #85

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue. I’ll be providing you with the set-ups and then some comments on what made the humor work. Bill, the emcee for the evening, intended to close the meeting by using his cell phone to give us a photo flash, thereby erasing our memory of the meeting (like the movie Men In Black). Case Studies being funny creative thinking joke writing observational humorIt was a good night for observations.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #42

Humor Power

Here’s another observational humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. Normally the Observational Humor part of the program is introduced by the Master Evaluator. When the Observational Humor is complete, the Master Evaluator finishes the overall evaluation of the meeting, and can critique the humor segment, if necessary. The physical delivery of the kiss magnified the humor.). Ryan Mulligan shared some Observational Humor.).

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Observational Humor — Case Study #58

Humor Power

Here are some examples of Observational Humor presented at the end of a meeting. The emcee of the meeting was Pam Shinkle. That’s why I always volunteer for the role of Observational Humor Master. (A A humorous explanation of why I normally lead the Observational Humor portion of the meeting.). Tags: Case Studies being funny joke writing observational humor Toastmasters

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Add Humor to a Club Meeting — Five More Ways

Humor Power

Five more ways to add Humor to your club meetings. It gives a structure for building humor, even if the theme itself isn’t humorous. Structure is a critical humor building block. Many humor clubs invent new titles for people responsible for agenda items. For example, the Toastmaster of the Meeting may be called: The Master of Ceremonies, The Emcee, or The Ringmaster. Humor In Speaking add humor to a meeting specialty clubs Toastmasters

Observational Humor — Case Study #41

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue which is presented in the Reverse Question format. Ryan Mulligan, our meeting emcee, was asked how old he was. Tags: Case Studies creating humor observational humor Public speakers public speaking THE SET-UP (What was said and what happened at the meeting before the monologue was delivered.). A speaker said you could tell a carnivore from a herbivore by looking at their teeth.

Observational Humor — Case Study #49

Humor Power

Let’s look at some Observational Humor from a Toastmasters meeting which highlight some humor techniques: – Call backs and running gags. – Dropping yourself into the story. – What this means is. – What everybody is thinking. Here are some of the set-ups (what happened at the meeting), followed by the observational humor remarks. The Toastmaster of the evening (emcee) selected a meeting theme of Star Wars.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #49

Humor Power

Let’s look at some Observational Humor from a Toastmasters meeting which highlight some humor techniques: – Call backs and running gags. – Dropping yourself into the story. – What this means is. – What everybody is thinking. Here are some of the set-ups (what happened at the meeting), followed by the observational humor remarks. The Toastmaster of the evening (emcee) selected a meeting theme of Star Wars.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #47

Humor Power

Our emcee for the evening announced the meeting theme: “Kicking Bad Habits.&#. Tags: Case Studies observational humor public speaking Toastmasters Here’s another monologue and analysis. It was presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting, before the monologue was delivered.). Our club President opened the meeting with a toast. We had two guests who appeared to be about 16 years old.

Observational Humor — Case Study #47

Humor Power

Our emcee for the evening announced the meeting theme: “Kicking Bad Habits.&#. Tags: Case Studies observational humor public speaking Toastmasters Here’s another monologue and analysis. It was presented at the end of a Toastmasters meeting. THE SET-UP (What happened and what was said during the meeting, before the monologue was delivered.). Our club President opened the meeting with a toast. We had two guests who appeared to be about 16 years old.

Observational Humor — Case Study #36

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting. The emcee of the meeting brought a basketball and each speaker was handed the ball when they came to the front of the room. Three ways to succeed as a humor speaker. Tags: Case Studies observational humor Public speakers Toastmasters club

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Lessons from a drag queen

Speak Schmeak

The emcee of the evening, Tootie, pulled out all the audience engagement tools, most notably humor (after all, it was a drag show). Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Entertainers Humor

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Lessons from a drag queen

Speak Schmeak

The emcee of the evening, Tootie, pulled out all the audience engagement tools, most notably humor (after all, it was a drag show). Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Entertainers Humor

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