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Life imitates art

I heard a funny story over Thanksgiving that is genuinely funny. It’s funny in a way that you would swear was a scene in a TV show, now that TV is all about awkward situations in the extremities of awkwardness.

But it’s a true story, as far as I know. And here it is. This person, who shall remain nameless and genderless, okay she’s female, had a Workplace Retreat for Team Building. Yes, you may now assume the Cringe position. And one of the selected Team Building Activities was……..karaoke! Daytime karaoke! With co-workers! And sober! Sober daytime karaoke with co-workers! Assume Advanced Cringe position.

Volunteers for the first song? Anyone?? Well, as it happens this young woman had only recently been in a group of friends that had had a grand time doing a shared rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody! Perfect! Hand up! A volunteer! Let’s go team! Except she kinda forgot how the song starts. Too late!

Mama, just killed a man,

Put a gun against his head,

Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead.

Mama, life had just begun,

But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.

Mama, ooh,

Didn’t mean to make you cry,

If I’m not back again this time tomorrow,

Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters…

Workplace team-building facilitator pulls the plug. “NEXT!”

Tom Toles is the editorial cartoonist for The Post and writes the Tom Toles blog. See all of his cartoons here.


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