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Roast Humor and Insults

Roasting individuals has become more common. In my public speaking course you will learn the proper way to roast an individual. A person that is being roasted is actually being given an honor. Make sure you stay respectful to the person who is being roasted, while saying your jokes. You can make fun about things that are true or about things that are obviously untrue and then exaggerate them to make them funnier.

When choosing the butt of a roast joke or story, make sure to pick big targets. Don't ever make fun of a small target (janitor, secretary, etc.). Always make fun of the big boss. He or she will still be the boss after all the teasing and will look like a great sport for going along with it.

If you widely spread an insult or collection of insults to a particular group they can all laugh together. No one person  is individually set apart or embarrassed. The same remarks or insults aimed at just one person from a group could cause them to be offended or hurt. Remembering this key point can make all the difference in how the audience will perceive you.

Always clear your comments IN ADVANCE! Preparing the way is an important lesson from my public speaking course. Unless you are participating in a full-blown roast program, always poke some fun of yourself first. The audience will be more receptive if you make fun of yourself before you make fun of them. Keep remarks focused on unimportant things that can't be damaging. Insult about areas of recognized strength and superiority. Here are some roast examples:

To an telephone company executive:

If an alien called John's office to contact earth, he'd try to sell them on the benefits of our new 800 service.

"Everybody we are here tonight to Roast John. I'm particularly happy to be here because I can now say in public all the things I've been saying behind his back. He  is a man of the world . . . and you know what terrible shape the world is in."

"Joe's (neighbors/business associates/preacher, etc.,) all say what a wonderful couple he and his wife make . . . if it wasn't for Joe."

"He is a man of rare gifts . . . he hasn't given any in years."

"The emcee's job is not to be wise or witty. In fact, it is his job to appear boring so that the speakers on the program will shine in comparison. Tonight it looks like I'm going to have to rise to new heights of boredom."

"I'm glad to be here tonight to look into your faces. . . . And God knows there are some faces here that need looking into."

"And Doctor Lookgood, your friendly plastic surgeon will be in the back of the room at the end of this program. And Doc, see me afterwards to pay your bill for this makeover of your image, and no I do not take Medicare payments."

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