Humorous Speech 2020/21 Contest Winner
A humorous speech contest is the toughest of all, especially when we try to crack jokes in front of a computer screen. This the first season that I have progressed beyond the club level in the Humorous Speech Contest. It was thrilling trying to impress an audience I couldn’t see and trying to relate to people in London when I haven’t even visited in real life.
What was challenging was also refreshing. I realized that no one would laugh at me to my face (I could not see any of them). With this confidence, I delivered my speech with utmost enjoyment, then in the Division contest and finally at the District contest.
What I learned is that nothing is impossible. With a great support system and mentorship, we can achieve the impossible. I thank my mentor Dan Magill (HSC Winner 2019), Purley Speakers, and my area director Debbie for their love and support.
Can you spin a good yarn?
Speaking with humour is a great skill, and every year clubs across the District hold a humorous speech contest. There are three further rounds: area contests, division contests, and the district final. The criteria are the same as for any good speech. The additional task for the speakers is to give a speech with a message presented with humour and must be thematic in nature with an opening, body, and close, not a monologue or series of one-liners.
|2020-2021||Shivpriya Gowri||Purley Speakers||H|
|2019-2020||Paola Podesta||London Olympians||B|
|2018-2019||Daniel Magill||Epsom Speakers||H|
|2017-2018||Ola Aralepo||Tube Talk||C|
|2016-2017||Dallas Leigh-Martene||London Olympians||B|
|2015-2106||Selina Jones||Aylesbury Speakers||A|
|2014-2015||Tazud Miah||Early Bird Speakers||B|
|2013||Brian Faulkner||Speak Easy @Martlesham Speakers’ Club|
|2012||Tania West||South West Speakers|
|2011||Ola Aralepo||Tube Talk Toastmasters|
|2010||Adam Broomfield-Straun||Arun Speakers|
|2009||Bob Ferguson||Excalibur Speakers|
|2008||Michael Cronin||Speakeasy, Cork|
|2007||Bev Avis-Dakin||Spa Speakers|
|2006||Cole McInnes||London Cardinals|
|2005||Gerry French||Fingal Toastmasters Club|
|2004||Noreen McSweeney||Muskerry Toastmasters|
|2003||Chris Cox||Cambridge Speakers|
|2002||C. Blair||Engineers Club|
|2001||Aileen Bennett||London Corinthians|
|2000||Andrew Brammer||Norwich Speakers|
|1999||Ray Cotter||Lucan Club|
|1998||Siobhan O’Connor||Castleknock Toastmasters Club|
|1995||Matt Lawlee||Speakeasy, Cork|
|1994||Brendan Toale||Glasnevin Club|
|1993||Liam Grimes||Fingal Toastmasters Club|
|1992||Gerry Moran||Kilkenny Club|
|1991||Mary O’Reilly||Hellfire Club|
|1990||Noel O’Beara||Fingal Toastmasters Club|
|1989||Niall Blake||Ennis Toastmasters Club|
|1988||Ted Corcoran||Fingal Toastmasters Club|
|1987||David Lindsey||Thame Speakers|