Contestants present a humorous speech that must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close)

Rules

  • Speakers must speak for a minimum of 4:30 and no longer than 7:30
  • Speeches must be substantially original.
  • 25% of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
  • Contestants must not reference another contestant, or a speech presented by another contestant, from the platform at the same contest in which they are competing.
  • Contestants who plan to use props (including any sort of electronic devices) must notify the contest chair prior to the contest.
  • Contestants may enlist someone to help them with props, but it is not the responsibility of the contest chair or any other contest official to do so.
  • Speech can not a monologue (series of one-liners).
  • Avoid potentially objectionable language, anecdotes, and material

Timing

  • Humorous contest speeches must be from five (5) to seven (7) minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four (4) minutes 30 seconds or more than seven (7) minutes 30 seconds.
    • Timer will not buzz you off
    • For International contests: 
      1. The green signal will be displayed at five (5) minutes and remain displayed for one (1) minute. 
      2. The yellow signal will be displayed at six (6) minutes and remain displayed for one (1) minute. 
      3. The red signal will be displayed at seven (7) minutes and will remain on until the conclusion of the speech.
    • In the event of technical failure of the signal or timing equipment, a speaker is allowed 30 seconds extra overtime before being disqualified.

Requirements

  • Be a paid member in good standing

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