Hu­mourous speech con­test is more than a laugh­ing mat­ter

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SPEAKEASY Toast­mas­ters Club will host their An­nual Hu­mor­ous Speech Con­test on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5 in the Hiber­nian Ho­tel com­menc­ing at 8pm.

Char­lie Chap­lin fa­mously re­marked that ‘a day with­out laugh­ter is a day wasted’. Well, your day and your night will not be wasted at this evening of hu­mour and laugh­ter.

A num­ber of speak­ers will pit their wit and joust their ver­bal swords to re­gale and en­ter­tain the au­di­ence.

Speakeasy is usu­ally a non-com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment ex­cept for two meet­ings in the year, one in spring for the In­ter­na­tional Speech Con­test and in the au­tumn for the hu­mor­ous night. Speakeasy Toast­mas­ters mem­bers have a proud and dis­tin­guished record in this com­pe­ti­tion. In 1995, Matt Lawlee won the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Dis­trict Fi­nal with a bril­liant speech about his fear of fly­ing en­ti­tled - ‘First and Last’.

This feat was em­u­lated by Michael Cronin in 2008 when he emerged vic­to­ri­ous with his ad­vi­sory speech - ‘Feel the fear and blow it up any­way’. This hi­lar­i­ous speech told the sad story of his bro­ken lap­top and his at­tempts to fix it.

As well as win­ning this pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion, both Matt and Michael also came close to win­ning on four other oc­ca­sions be­tween them.

Gerry O’Cal­laghan was also a par­tic­i­pant in the 2003 Dis­trict Fi­nal with his eu­logy to his pet called Toby.

So, a hu­mor­ous quip and a witty imag­i­na­tion is never far from the minds of Speakeasy mem­bers.

In con­junc­tion with the Hu­mor­ous Con­test, the group will also host The Ta­ble Top­ics Con­test. Mark Twain boasted that ‘it usu­ally takes me more than three weeks to pre­pare a good im­promptu speech’. In this con­test, how­ever, par­tic­i­pants will speak on a sub­ject on which they have no prior knowl­edge with about 30 sec­onds to or­gan­ise their thoughts.

Top­ics that have been used in pre­vi­ous con­tests in­clude - ‘Is it the tak­ing part or the win­ning that mat­ters?’ and ‘Congratulations, you have just won the lot­tery’. One of the most en­ter­tain­ing top­ics ever was the vexed ques­tion - ‘Where would we be with­out the Ker­ry­man’?

This also prom­ises to be a very en­joy­able con­test.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Speakeasy, check out the web­site www.speakeasy­toast­mas­ You will also find record­ings of some win­ning hu­mor­ous speeches. You can also fol­low them on Face­book and Blog. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from Pat Sexton, PRO at 086 156 4567.

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