Toastmasters speech no.6: Stand up comedy night

Another speech in the bag! This speech was delivered at my club’s stand up comedy night.

(Watch this 6:48 video on Vimeo)

Stand up is different to regular Toastmasters speeches. It’s all about jokes with very little emphasis on the overall message. I packed a lot of content into this speech and as a result it was quite difficult to memorise – and you can see I lost my place a couple of times.

This was a “clean” version of the act I have been working on in my stand up comedy course. I think that cutting out the inappropriate material actually made it better. Rather than swearing or going for shock value I had to come up with other ways to be funny – hence my jokes about Belgium.

The other acts and the compare did an excellent job. And the crowd was enthusiastic and ready to laugh creating a fantastic atmosphere.

I’m looking forward to trying stand up in a real comedy club.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted March 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Hahaha, quality. The stripmall gag was particularly excellent.

  2. Martin Smith
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic – congratulations! Nice improv mocking your host, and a great ending. I have some work to do.

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