Humorously Speaking #5 - The Humorous Speech

(See sample speech here)

Executive Summary

The purpose of a humorous speech is to entertain. Humorous speeches have a theme, make a point, tell a story and use exaggeration to create the humor, Once you've selected your topic, break it down into several subtopics, then develop stories and jokes about each subtopic. Tie everything together with your narrative. Pay careful attention to delivery, as it can make or break a humorous speech.


  • Use exaggeration to tell a humorous story.

  • Entertain the audience.

  • Effectively use body language and voice to enhance the story.

TIME: Five to seven minutes

Note to the Evaluator

The purpose of this project is for the speaker to present a five-to-seven minute humorous speech. The speech’s primary purpose is to entertain, while a secondary purpose is to make a point. The speech should be based on one theme or subject, with all humorous stories and/or jokes related to that subject. The humour should come from exaggeration. The speaker is to use body language and voice to enhance the speech.

This information is provided as a service to members. For full details on this speech project, refer to the Humorously Speaking manual. All materials in the Toastmasters Educational Program are copyright Toastmasters International. All rights reserved.

The Humorously Speaking Manual

Every speaker benefits from using humor. Learn how to begin a speech with a humorous story to get listeners' attention, end a speech with a humorous story, use humorous stories and anecdotes throughout the body of your speech to emphasize points, incorporate jokes into presentations and prepare and present an entirely humorous speech.

(See sample speech here)