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March 2024
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The Jokes Are In!

Members from around the world show off their sense of humor.

By Shannon Dewey

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The Toastmaster magazine recently asked for your best jokes, one-liners, puns, or funniest speech openings. Get ready for some laughs, giggles, and groans from fellow Toastmasters.

Seeing Red

While driving home from my Toastmasters meeting, I was stopped by the police. The officer accused me of going through a red light. I explained to the officer that I’m a Toastmaster, so I have a 30-second grace period after the red.

Susan Schulz, DTM • Melbourne, Florida

So Punny

What do you call a sheep who makes pancakes and waffles? A battering ram.

Michael S. Cohen • Commack, New York

Fear of Being Called On

I believed that the scariest person in the world was my wife … until I met the Table Topicsmaster.

S. Krishanthan • Doha, Qatar

Mother Knows Best

My 80-year-old mom said to me: “When going out, go to a pub where they have Wi-Fi.”

I said: “How come?”

She said: “It is like in the old days ... in those types of pubs they have a ‘Wireless Interest For the Individual.’”

Ivan Letar • Hasselt, Belgium

Food for Thought

What do you call friends you like to eat with? Taste buds.

Joey Thai • Washington

Class Is in Session

When I was teaching middle school, one of the math teachers told me about a recent class. She was explaining that a negative number plus a negative number always equals a negative number. A negative number plus a positive number always equals a negative number. A positive number plus a positive number always equals a positive number.

Then she got off track. She told the class that in linguistics, a double negative remains a negative. And a positive word plus a positive word, in any language, will always equal a positive word. There was a long pause, then someone from the back of the room said … “Yeah right.”

Angie Collier • Floresville, Texas

A Couple of Groaners

If I made videos about potatoes and yams, I’d be a YouTuber.


I was scrolling through news articles and read this ­headline: “Researchers Discover Best Way to Avoid Procrastination.” I haven’t gotten around to reading the article yet.

Tova Morrison • Goleta, California

Toastmasters on the Silver Screen
  • 12 Angry Toastmasters: A classic film from 1957 about the aftermath of a speech contest.
  • The Devil Wears Prada and Speaks For More Than 7m 30s: Now that’s pure evil.
  • Star Wars: The Grammarian: It’s a lot like The Mandalorian but with no dangling participles or crutch words.

Mike Proudlock, DTM • Caledon, Ontario, Canada

Setting the Stage

What did the director say to the stage? “You are holding up the show!”

Clifford Bishop • La Mirada, California

Kids Say the Darndest Things

There are some questions that don’t have any answers, specifically when kids ask. I love watching the comedy talk show The Kapil Sharma Show. Most of the time I watch in my kitchen just before I go to sleep. One night, my 5-year-old son asked me a question that shocked me to the core.

Son: “Mom, you love watching Kapil so much, right?”

Me: “Yes dear, I love.” (I said with a light smile in my eyes.)

My son’s face looked worried, and he whispered in my ear, “Does Dad know about this?”

Bhuvi Bubachandran • Kuala Belait, Brunei

Yea or Neigh?

Once there was a little pony who joined Toastmasters. He had to go onstage, but his throat was bothering him. With encouragement he went onto the stage, and looking at the audience he said … I’m a little hoarse.

Rasana Boyal • Fresno, California


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