Last Friday I was the Emcee at my Toastmasters club and opened with these lines.
“When our President Jindow Joseph asked me to be the MC, I asked him ‘why me?’and he said ‘you are a natural CK!’ I was elated. And then he came out with a definition -‘an emcee has to be so infernally dull that succeeding speakers appear brighter by comparison.You don’t have to make an effort to be dull. You are a natural !”
This got a good response. While it is not mandatory to open with a joke, when an anecdote or a one-liner is well crafted,it DOES make an impact !
I first heard this quip many years ago when fellow Bangalore TM John Bosco Abraham used it in a Demo meet.