IELTS Speaking Part 2 Comedy Show, talking about a TV program or film that made you laugh  should never be hard as it’s one of the most interesting and easy topics to talk with. Learn how to develop a story on your Part 2 monologue by applying your experiences and don’t forget to use collocations related to comedy. Good luck!  







Describe a movie or a TV program that made you laugh  

You should say:

  • What the film or program is
  • When you watched it
  • Who you watched it with
  • Why it made you laugh




I’m always a big fan of watching comedies as it helps me forget all the troubles I have in life. I’d like to talk with you about the program Just For Laughs. You may not know it, it’s a Canadian silent comedy reality TV program in which they show various episodes on tricking people or making fun with the public.


  Notes: *First line is talking about oneself, relating the topic to one’s character – a very good way to start a story *Second line is giving the name of the program and adding a little description.



I remember there was this one episode that made me burst into laughter. Last month, my friend and I were on a bus traveling to the southern part of my city to go sightseeing. The public bus that we were taking has a TV screen that showed Just For Laughs, to entertain the passengers.   One episode was about Pink Elephants. As you know, pink elephants are a symbol of hallucination when a person gets drunk.

The situation was, one woman who is an actress in that program approached one man asking him for some help to find her way as she was lost. While that man gave him directions, that woman got a phone call. She excused herself and answered the call. While she was answering the call, a huge pink elephant which was meters away from them crossed the street. The man got surprised!  



 Burst into laughter – to suddenly laugh

Pink elephants – hallucination which is experienced by a drunk 




He tried to distract the woman, letting her see what he saw, but she didn’t pay attention. And once again, the pink elephant crossed the street. He attempted to make the woman see it but she didn’t mind.  


  Distract [verb] – to make someone out of focus/concentration

Attempt [verb] – try  



When the pink elephant was gone, the woman had finished her call. The man tried to explain what he saw but the woman gave just him a strange look as if she was thinking that the man was just drunk.  



  When the pink elephant was gone, the woman had finished her call. -> when there are two things that happened in the past, use the past perfect tense



It made me laugh because of the expression of the man who really made effort explaining but he couldn’t make the woman believe as he was no proof. And all of a sudden, the woman laughed and pointed at the camera, telling him that he was on TV.      







Why do you think children like to laugh?  



I have never thought about it, however, I suppose most children enjoy laughing since they do not have any serious problem that makes them feel anxious or depressed like us adults.

They live life at the moment that even little things make them burst into laughter such as quirky dance moves from other people or unexpected burping in the middle of a conversation.   These things which are construed as ordinary by adults are making them laugh and feel happy. They live their lives with simplicity without being preoccupied with so many worries. And that I believe is the real reason why they love to laugh and we adults need to learn from that.  


  Anxious [adj] – very much worried

Depressed [adj.] – very lonely

Live life in the moment – enjoying life as it happens without thinking about the past or future commitments

Burst into laughter [phrase] – to suddenly laugh

Quirky [adjective] – unusual; weird; unexpected

Burping [verb] – the act of releasing air from the stomach through the mouth

Construed [verb] – understood; interpreted

Preoccupied [verb] – obsessed; concerned


Tip: If the question is somehow complicated, avoid dead air, instead use the expression, “I have never thought about it/ let me think about that”. Use language just to avoid silence.    



Is laughing beneficial to children? How about the old people?  


Well, laughing is both beneficial to young people and the elderly. As the saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.” It has been proven that to laugh often is to make life longer.   Laughing has some chemical reaction in a person’s body that increases the level of happiness hormones. And when a person is happy it will help slow down the aging process. Well, children really look charming when they laugh, while it makes the elderly look younger than their age. 




  Level of happiness hormones – the rate of a person’s happiness

Slow down the aging process – delay the time of getting old

Look younger than their age – the appearance is younger than the original regardless of the  real age

Tip: Try using some adage/saying/proverb when it is applicable to the question. As it helps you develop a good answer and it is one way of showing to the examiner that you are flexible enough in expressing your thoughts in the English language.    


What do you do when you feel sad?


Normally, I really feel it. I mean, when I am really down or lonely, I have to experience it or recognize it. I do not want to deny that feeling because I avoid prolonging that negativity. Denying sadness is tricking myself.

For me, that is not abnormal, every now and then in our lives, we feel depressed for some reason. So basically, I do not do any distractions to invalidate my feelings like going to the bar, drinking, or listening to lively music that other people usually do. For me doing so is deceiving myself.



 Deny [verb] – avoid

Prolong [verb] – make it longer

Trick [verb] – cheat; deceive

Distraction [noun] – something that divert one’s attention

Invalidate [verb] – to not recognize


Tip: We can always express easily when we are honest. When we think about our experiences in life it makes us articulate in expressing our thoughts.

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And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Part 2 Comedy Show! Being able to use topic vocabulary words related to comedy and being able to apply collocations in your answer is really needed to be able to get a higher band. Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave them below.    



Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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