Humorous Speech Contest Script ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. Open with a brief remark or story. This should last no more than 2-3 minutes. 2. Make the following announcements: a) Anyone with a pager or cellular phone should place it on silent alarm or leave it at the registration desk and you will be notified if paged. b) No photography of the contestants is allowed during the contest. There will be photo opportunities later. c) Once the contest has begun, the Sergeant at Arms will secure the doors. Members of the audience are asked to refrain from leaving or entering the room during the contest. If you need to leave or enter the room, you may do so during the minute of silence between contestants. d) The winner will advance to the next level and represent the Club/Area at the Area/Division Contest on _____________________ at ___________________. e) All contestants may remain in the room during the contest. 3. Ask the following questions: a) Mister (Madame) Chief Judge have all the contestants and officials been briefed? b) Are all the contestants in the room? After you ask the second question, the Chief Judge should stand and answer affirmatively to both questions. 4. Make the following announcements: a) There will be one minute of silence after each contestant to allow time for the judges to mark their ballots. b) After the last contestant, there will be 2 minutes of silence or until all the ballots are collected. c) Mister/Madam Timekeeper, please signal me when one minute has elapsed. d) The Sergeant at Arms will prepare the next contestant during the minute of silence. e) The speaking order for the contest was determined earlier today by having the contestants draw for position. The speaking order for the contest will be: READ ONLY THE POSITION NUMBER AND THE CONTESTANT'S NAME AT THIS TIME 1) Name: Club Number: Speech Title: 2) Name: Club Number: Speech Title: 3) Name: Club Number: Speech Title: 4) Name: Club Number: Speech Title: 5) Name: Club Number: Speech Title: 6) Name: Club Number: Speech Title: f) Each contestant will be introduced by his/her name, title of their speech, title of their speech, and name. g) We will now begin the Humorous Speech Contest. During the contest: a) Introduce each contestant by name, title, title, name. b) Lead the applause as the contestant walks to the speaking area. c) When the speaker concludes his/her speech, lead the applause. d) State there will be one minute of silence. e) During the minute of silence, have the sergeant at arms prepare the next contestant f) When the timer signals you the minute is up, introduce the next contestant. After the last contestant, ask the timer to signal you when 2 minutes are up. Remind the audience to remain silent until all the ballots have been collected. When the timer signals you the 2 minutes are up, ask the judges to hold their ballots high so the ballot counters can collect them. Once all the ballots are collected, thank the audience for their patience and lead them in a round of applause. Don't forget the contestant interviews!