When you write comedy, you occasionally have to accept the fact that not everyone finds you funny.
I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when I went in for a routine eye exam. The doctor had me cover one eye and recite the letters I could see on the chart. As I neared the bottom, I noticed something interesting about the sequence of letters.
“Did you know the last line reads STD?” I asked. “Maybe you could double your profits by adding venereal disease screening to the eye exam.”
My comment was met by silence, so I uncovered my eye and looked at the doctor. He wasn’t smiling.
Apparently, not everyone finds gonorrhea amusing.
Encounters like that make me all the more appreciative of customer service professionals with a sense of humor. I was at the AT&T store last Friday when the representative began demonstrating some of the features on my new iPhone.
“This one has video recording capability that your 3G iPhone didn’t have,” he pointed out.
“Excellent,” I said. “I can have that porn career I’ve always wanted.”
The guy didn’t miss a beat. “Yes, and if you click this button here, you can reverse the camera to record those solo sessions.”
I was still laughing when he punched a sequence of keys to change my voicemail password. A chipper, automated voice began reciting a list of menu options.
“Holy crap,” I said. “Did she just say press three for testicle support?”
“Yes, it’s a new feature AT&T is offering,” he replied. “Free prostate exams with any new phone purchase.”
I think I actually snorted. “Will you be my new best friend?”
When’s the last time you encountered with an unexpectedly clever sense of humor? How about a time your own humor fell flat?
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the best time to discover what the new “face time” feature does on an iPhone is not while you’re taking a leak. Just saying.