One of Cranfield Speakers’ ‘warm-up’ roles is that of Jokemaster who has 1 minute to Tell a tasteful joke or anecdote.
Here is a joke that I had welded into memory from long ago and found it circulating the internet in various guises. What’s more it helped me win Best use of humour.
“A certain bishop, who was a rather old and forgetful gentleman, went to hear the first sermon of a newly appointed vicar. The vicar told the congregation, ‘The happiest days of my life have been spent in the arms of another man’s wife.’ There was an electric shock throughout the congregation, people only relaxed and smiled when the preacher added, after a suitable pause, ‘In the arms of my mother.’ The bishop was very impressed and decided to incorporate in his next sermon. In the cathedral he began his sermon, ‘The happiest days of my life have been spent in the arms of another man’s wife.’ Again there was a reaction of shock from the congregation. The old Bishop paused, and then stuttered in confusion, ‘But I can’t remember who she was …”
Narrative jokes are always far better than one-liners at Toastmasters