Humourous speech contest is more than a laughing matter
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.speakeasytoastmasters.com. 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.