Quick question, what is the difference between a bad joke and a good joke?
Sensitivity of the listener,
Listeners’ persona and emotions,
All these and more contribute in turning a seemingly harmless joke into a catastrophic disaster.
A best man was asked to leave the wedding ceremony after he made a joke that unfortunately did not go well with everyone.
Best man speeches can be tricky or tasteless depending on how you handle it. They say infusing jokes help ease the tension when giving a best man speech, but humour can be a recalcitrant child…..you have to know how to manage it.
So this best man messed up with a comment that was meant to be a joke, and he was asked to leave the wedding. The man seemed remorse as he went on Reddit to share the experience.
“It was going so well and people were laughing at all the right times and getting all the jokes.”
But you know the seductive pitfall of getting lured by people’s laughter when telling a joke? You tend to get bolder, and if you’re not careful, you won’t mind the next words you say, like the best man who continued,
“Bridesmaids, I am a bit short of time here and I don’t really know you all so I’d just like to say that five out of six of you look stunning today… figure it out amongst yourselves.”
The best man said the room “went dead” after his words and then, “I knew I’d really f**ked up.”
His joke left one bridesmaid in tears and the guy was mortified because, he “didn’t actually mean any of them – it was literally just nonsense.”
But the deed had been done already.
“The bride came up to me and just said ‘I think it’s best you leave’ and the groom just nodded behind her.”
The guy left the wedding, “I felt so bad and messaged them all and also apologized on the group Facebook page.”
What do you think of this? Was his comment too much?
Many people seemed to think so.
One photographer said on the reddit post, “As a wedding photographer, I feel this one. Big time. I have seen some terrible best man speeches in my 400+ weddings, but if I had heard this speech, it would have been my top two or three worst ones ever. That is quite the accomplishment.”
Another person advised,
“Rule of thumb for speeches, especially the best man speech, you can barb the groom, you can barb the groomsmen; but bride and bridesmaids is 100 percent ‘shower with compliments’ section of the speech, full stop.”
Let us know your opinion below.
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.