We'll start with Acronyms.
What are they?
They're short words, normally expressed in capital letters, and each letter is an initial standing for something. For example:
DIY: Do It Yourself
A lady I knew included the following in a speech she was making about financial services. Don't ask me how she made DIY fit her topic.
I don't do DIY, I do GMI - Get Men In.
This is more of a light remark than a fully-fledged joke, but surrounded as it was by large continents of dry financial stuff, it stuck out like a hysterical lighthouse of comedy.
Everyone laughed anyway. Just goes to show that you don't need a Tim Vine / Ken Dodd calibre laugh every time for a speech or presentation or gig to work.
One other aspect of the above is it rhymes - it's like a very simple poem with a simple structure.
It comes down to your overall message and how you package and deliver it.
Here are a couple more:
GOLFER: Growing Old Looking For Early Retirement
LOMBARD: Lots Of Money But A Right Dick
It's not too difficult to make these acronyms up.
Once again, brainstorming is the starting point.
Fill a page or two with notes on your subject. Are you planning to prepare a wedding speech?
Get the Bride and Groom's names, interests, personal histories down. Doodle with the words and names. Freely scribble thoughts down.
As I've said before, don't hinder anything that wants to come out of your mind.
You know, I've just realised that BAG is an acronym of Bride and Groom. I'm sure that could be brought into a Best Man Speech...
particularly if the Bride and Groom's names are Brian and Gertrude.
Some of the following Acronyms have come into use over the last few years, but I think they're still fresh enough for you to use. Others are new.
WOOF: Well Off Older Folk (link it to a pet dog?)
SITCOM: Single Income Two Children Oppressive Mortgage
HUSBAND: Huge Ugly Bogeyman Acquires Nubile Damsel
TAFFY: Totally Affable Financially Fit Yuppie
BRUMMIE: Big Robust Unassuming Midland Male Into Escapology
JOCK: Jolly Old Can of Kippers
If you are visiting this blog to get tips for a real-world speech, gig or performance, the humour you use is going to particularly going to enhance your content if you can make it as relevant as possible to the audience, the type of event, the trade or the industry you're speaking to.
For instance, if you have just told a yarn about the Groom, a Midlander, being locked in a public toilet and eventually escaping, something like the following might finish the story off:
So you see, it is true that Tom is a true Brummie, which stands for : big assuming midland man into escapology.
I wish you well in your voyage of joke-writing discovery.
Until next time, Best wishes and bon voyage