Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Have you ever been in a workshop and needed an activity to lift the mood and inject some energy into the group?

High Energy + Your Well-Designed Process = Excellent Creativity and Productivity.

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ is a quick icebreaker / energizer that requires attention, listening skills and quick responses from your Participants.

You can use it at the beginning of the day with a group that don’t know each other yet, or after the lunch-break to counter the ‘afternoon slump’, or even at the end of a day to make sure everyone goes away in a great mood.

It is 100% guaranteed to get your group laughing together.

And as there’s no pressure for them to come up with their own jokes it doesn’t create uncomfortableness!

You can download a FREE Powerpoint or PDF of this tool at the bottom of this page

Objectives

  • To re-energise a group and give a sense of ‘lightness’.
  • To demonstrate the importance of Active Listening.

When Would You Use It?

  • As an Icebreaker or mid-course Energizer to get the group laughing.
  • Useful in a group with a lot of spare energy, or perhaps after facilitating a ‘dry’ or difficult subject to reset the mood.

Are There Any Rules?

  • Participants may not show their joke punch-lines to each other.
  • They may answer more than once if they think the punch-line fits.
  • Only one joke punch-line per delegate.
  • This could be done standing or sitting, but is best when everyone stands in a circle.
  • No complaining about the jokes please Participants!

Resources Required

  • Facilitator to read the joke ‘set-ups’
  • Hat/bag to hold the punchlines
  • Up to 20 delegates
  • Jokes handout (you’ll need to cut up the punch-line sheet beforehand – they’re in the slides below)

Process

  1. The Facilitator puts individual joke ‘punch-lines’ into a hat/bag and passes it round the group for each person to randomly select one, remind them not to show theirs to anyone else.
  2. The Facilitator reads the joke setup (first line) and if a Participant thinks they have the punch-line they shout it out. If the group are sitting down you can ask them to stand up to deliver their line to increase movement and energy.
  3. If it’s incorrect the Facilitator says ‘its not your line!’ and you read the set-up again until the correct line has been given.

Secret Sauce

  • Before you start this quick icebreaker make sure the Participants know why they’re going to be doing a fun exercise now. Some people might feel it’s a little unserious. The reason is because an injection of energy and fun increases quality and productivity later on.
  • Allow the fun to continue as long as possible – laughter is great for the creative juices!
  • You could also use song lyrics (guess the next line) or famous film quotes instead.
  • In a larger group, add in some extra random punch-lines that don’t fit any of the jokes. They may get used anyway, and often these generate as much laughter as the correct line.
  • Good to do this after lunch when the group is feeling a little tired and sleepy.

Your Master List of Jokes

Question

Answer

When does ‘B’ come after ‘U’?

When you steal it’s honey!

Question

Answer

Did you hear about the maths teacher who confiscated a rubber-band ball from one of the pupils in his class?

She said it was a weapon of Math Disruption!

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Answer

What do you do when you see a Spaceman?

Park in it Man….

Question

Answer

Why does lightening shock people?

Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself!

Question

Answer

What time is best to go to the dentist?

Tooth Hurty (2.30)

Question

Answer

What does a clock do if it’s hungry?

It goes back 4 seconds.

Question

Answer

What kind of monkey is able to fly?

A hot-air baboon!

Question

Answer

Why do we have Reindeer?

To water the grass darling…

Question

Answer

What’s white and fluffy and lives in the jungle?

A meringue-utan!

Question

Answer

Why was six unhappy?

Because 7,8,9.

Question

Answer

What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?

It gets toad away!

Question

Answer

What did the Mexican blanket say when it fell of the bed?

Oh Sheet!!

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Answer

Why did the scarecrow get promoted?

Because he was outstanding in his field.

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Answer

Why shouldn’t you make fun of a palaeontologist?

Because you will get Jurasskicked.

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Answer

Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom?

Because the “P” is silent.

Question

Answer

My friend recently got crushed by a pile of books….

She’s only got her shelf to blame.

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Answer

Why didn’t the lifeguard save the hippie?

Because he was too far out man!

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Answer

How did the hipster burn his tongue?

He drank his coffee before it was cool.

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Answer

Why do fish live in salt water?

Because pepper makes them sneeze!

Question

Answer

Why did the tomato turn red?

Because it saw the salad dressing!

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I'm an Internal Trainer for a retail business in the UK. My main focus is developing Management and Leadership skills for all levels of the store management teams. I believe every training course shouldn't feel like 'work'. Find me on LinkedIn here.

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