Observational Humor — Case Study #84

Humor Power

Here’s another Observational Humor monologue and an analysis of what makes the humor work. That rarely happens because I am usually assigned to lead the Observational Humor part of the program. He had a hook…and a peg leg and eye patch. I always sign up to be the leader of Observational Humor, which means I’ll NEVER be called on for Table Topics (with pen, scratch out NEVER on my notes).

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Head to Mouth Disconnect

Speak and Deliver

Your conclusion, and your humor. Stories that you have force - the square peg in the round hole - simply because it moves you, so you HAVE to share it. And here you are, supposed to go deliver a message with humor and hope. Speaking Attitude Film Your Speech Practice Speaking Mindset Speech Flops Speech Editing Speech Coaching HumorIt sounded SO profound in my HEAD! It looked SO funny on PAPER! But.But.it FLOPPED! Yeah, that'll happen. Head to mouth disconnect.

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Sitcom Pilot Script – Some Traps and How to Escape

Pro Humorist

I also need to spend some time thinking about my sense of humor and if I’m trying to put a square peg in a round hole, and trying to do something that’s unnatural. Here are a few sitcom pilot scripts traps I’ve experienced myself, and some potential ways to escape. This is not an exhaustive list of traps by any means. And I am writing from the perspective of a first-time sitcom pilot script writer.

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Famous Speech Friday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: "If your dreams do not scare you."

The Eloquent Woman

Instead, you''ll catch her lively and strong voice when she uses sly humor throughout, tweaking the noses of her hosts, history and herself. Instead, she pokes fun and prompts smiles throughout, not to make light of her nation or its challenges, but to take the mighty down a peg or two.

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Famous Speech Friday: Elizabeth Warren on The Daily Show in 2009

The Eloquent Woman

That’s what Jon has done for 16 years: with passion and humor, he skewered the people who needed skewering, called out the big guys who rig the system, and prodded us all to fight back. With the recent end of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, now-Senator Elizabeth Warren took the time to share on Facebook her first appearance on the show six years ago. At the time of the 2009 interview, she was chairing a congressional oversight panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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Win by Telling Great Stories with Peter Guber

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  You don’t want unintended humor – you want the audience to respond on cue.    Guber tells the story of presenting former President Reagan and former President Mikhail Gorbachev with Tiffany-designed jackknives and reminding them of playing mumblety-peg as boys.  Peter Guber has written a masterful additional to the storytelling library shelf with his book, Tell To Win.

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