Jan McInnis – The Work Lady®

Eating Wild

Laughing at Dinner on the Serengeti

Part 2

–By Jan McInnis, Comedian and Keynote Speaker

  • Leopards kill their prey and then drag it up in a tree for feasting. I guess this is the animal version

of carry-out, but without that awkward moment you have when you’re filling out the credit card

slip and there’s a place for a tip. You wonder why, because you went to the restaurant, ordered

the food, picked it up from the cashier, and brought it home to your own table. Should I tip for

table service when I didn’t get served? But I digress.


  • Hippos and crocodiles hang out together and are “best friends” according to our guide, except

occasionally a croc forgets about the friendship and eats a baby hippo. That is awkward! Who

among us would leave their kid with a babysitter if there was a 20% chance the babysitter would

eat them? Maybe this might sound attractive during the teen years, but . . .


  • Monkeys eat Odwalla bars, or at least the one who swung from the tree into our truck and grabbed the banana Odwalla bar from my backpack does. Unfortunately, I was screaming too much to get a picture. That was just freaky.


Yes, of course I might be in better shape if I had to actually do something challenging for my food. Chasing down a bag of chips that’s running from you, wrestling it to the ground, choking the life out of it, and then eating it in 20 seconds before your neighbor comes along and kills you for it – well, let’s just say it would cut down on my snacking! But thankfully foraging through the fridge past expired milk cartons and stale hummus is about as adventurous as I have to get.

So let’s skip eating 19 pounds, 6 ounces of pumpkin pie in 8 minutes, and instead, may this be the year that we eat slower, choose our food wisely, share a little with our neighbor, and appreciate the ease with which many of us obtain it.

About the Author – Jan McInnis has shared her customized humor keynotes with thousands of associations and corporations, and she is the author of 2 books: “Convention Comedian” and “Finding the Funny Fast.” She is a comedian, keynote speaker and comedy writer who was also featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.

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