Five Ways To Witty Banter (An occasional series)

pic of me tipping capHello and Welcome Back Convo Lovers,


Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me: the

brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not

able to invent anything that tends to laughter, more

than I invent or is invented on me: I am not only

witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other


Falstaff in II Henry IV


Okay, so nobody could be as quick with their wit as Falstaff, a character so great that Shakespeare wrote him into three plays.  (Was anyone in more plays than Sir John?) But give these five quick openers a try the next time you find yourself looking for words:

Back Pocket Banter

Where would you take me if I were new in town?

How old were you at your first rock concert? Do you have a story you recall from it?

Is there a part in a movie you would like to have played?

What’s the worst breakup you’ve been through?

Did you ever hurt somebody really bad?

Aside from engaging in this conversation, what is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?

(Okay, that was seven, but I think you can have fun with at least five of them)


Doll Tearsheet: They say Poins has a good wit.

Falstaff: He a good wit? hang him, baboon! his wit’s as thick as Tewksbury mustard  

II Henry IV


Next Time: Story From A Master Named Ram Dass!



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Nick O\'Connor
1 year 1 month ago

How about “What do you do for fun?” and “What happened on the way over here?” (courtesy of Spalding Grey)