If you are retiring shortly and planning to give a speech, funny retirement party jokes and humour can help lighten the affair. Likewise, if you are about to make a speech about a retiring colleague or family member, peppering it with a few funny stories can convey warmth and help take the sting out of an occasion which prefaces a large change in someone’s life.
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Ask friends, relatives and colleagues if they know any funny retirement jokes. Chances are some of them will have been to retirement parties and heard funny jokes or may have even told their own jokes at these parties. Make a note of the jokes and humour they tell you about. These will be useful if you need to plan a retirement party for someone, or make a speech about your own retirement.
Search online for funny retirement party jokes and humour. There are several sites available, some of which are detailed in the "Resources" section below. These sites are aimed at people planning retirement parties and those needing to write a retirement speech. Take care to choose humour that would be appreciated by the retiree, if you are making a speech for someone else. It would be awkward if you embarrassed the assembled throng by telling inappropriate jokes that the retiree didn’t find amusing.
Buy or borrow humorous books about retirement. Bill Dodds’ book “What You Don't Know about Retirement: A Funny Retirement Quiz” is in the form of a quiz, but makes amusing points about retirement all the way through. Patrick M. Kennedy’s book “How to Have Fun with Retirement: The Lighter Side of Retired Life” is humorous but has some very useful tips too, for people facing retirement. Robert Orben’s book “2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches” has several retirement jokes and “roasts” -- which are essentially affectionate criticisms. The jokes are useful if you need to make a speech on the occasion of your own retirement. You can use the roasts in a speech about a retiring colleague. (See References 1, 2 and 3).
Ask colleagues of the retiree if they have any amusing anecdotes about him, if you are going to make a speech about him. You need to try and find the "banana skin" moments and other funny things that have occurred during his working life. Including humorous true stories about the retiree will make your speech more personal, honest and memorable.
Tips and warnings
- Start planning what jokes you are going to tell as early as possible and try testing them out on friends, family, or colleagues first to see if they like them.
- Although you want to include some humour about the retirees working life, try to ensure that you only tell stories that the retiree would be comfortable with, avoiding any stories that may be too embarrassing or insulting.
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