A Circus Joke for Any Audience – Be Funny in Your Speaking

By February 19, 2020April 10th, 2020No Comments
cartoon of circus with tents, rides, and various child performers, canon, strongman, juggler, lion tamer

A friend sent me a few brain-funny jokes. The one about parents, a child, and the circus joke, really tickled my funny bone. I found a few variations on the Internet, with no attribution. If you know the original source of the circus joke, please let me know. As you read this story-centered joke, think about how you incorporate humor into your public speaking and storytelling.

I share this as humor is a wonderful ice breaker, mood enhancer, trust builder, and so much more (see links below). People love to laugh. If you are not using some kind of humor in your storytelling, public speaking, training, you should. It doesn’t have to be original humor. It can be like this circus joke, or cartoons, and or people’s humor. In Use Humor (Always), you’ll find links to several websites that offer cartoons for sale as well as the blog picture being a cartoon we commissioned for The Chief Storyteller ®.

The point… use (more) humor.

The Child and the Circus Joke

A husband and wife go to an adoption agency. The couple meets with two social workers, whom are both quite impressed. They are well-dressed, well-spoken, and well-liked. When asked about their profession, the couple say in unison, “We run a circus.”

Hmmmm. This gives the social workers pause. They’re thinking a circus is no place for a child. It’s an environment with dangerous animals, constant moving, and who knows what else. The thought of the circus raises doubts about their suitability as parents.

The couple senses their discomfort. The wife pulls from her purse photos of their 55-foot motor home. It is clean and well maintained. And the motor home is equipped with a large and spotless room for a child.

The social workers smile at each other and are happy to see the pictures. They still wonder about the kind of education the child would receive while in a circus. The husband puts their mind at ease saying, “We’ve arranged for a full-time tutor teaching the child all the usual subjects along with Spanish, Mandarin, and computer skills.”

And the wife adds, “We also have a nanny, who is a certified expert in pediatric care, child welfare, proper nutrition, and exercise — all that a child requires.”

The social workers relax as they are finally satisfied. One of them asks, “What age child are you hoping to adopt?”

The husband squeezes his wife’s hand, smiles, and says, “It doesn’t really matter, as long as the child fits in the cannon.”



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Ira Koretsky

About Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in communication, especially business storytelling. He has delivered over 500 keynote presentations and workshops in nearly a dozen countries, in more than one hundred cities, across 30 plus industries. His specialties are simplifying the complex and communicating when the stakes are high. He is also an adjunct professor in public speaking and storytelling at the University of Maryland's Business School. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after global speaker, trainer, consultant, and communication coach.