Original Comedy, I Mean Oratory
With an atmosphere that could be visualized as Victorian London shrouded within pea-souper smog, it is adequate enough to state that Original Oratories often favor heavy, serious fair. This consistency is understandable. Most OO's are centered around controversial topics. The precedent may be set of Original Oratory just as one event of consequence, with meaning. Another factor is the fact Original Oratory is an extension of Declamation (or in other words, any form of re-interpretation of an old speech) except which has a focus on original content, and quite a few remarkable speeches are of solemn nature.
Anyway, it is clear that OO is serious business. Yet, advocates of Original Oratory will believe some humor is essential. Humor helps to engage the crowd, lighten the mood, and, bluntly put, ward away boredom. With a humor is arguably needed for a successful OO, but too much can ruin a delivery.
* This is not HI. As nice as being a few clever jokes may be throughout the speech, a lot of does not fit with the serious tone of the event. Throw a copious amount in whilst your Original Oratory will become much more like a stand-up routine. If you need to do comedy than forgo Original Oratory to get an HI or Duo.
* Lose credibility. Anybody are told factual information, and analysis to match, they want to receive it at a source that is credible. Element of what determines credibility is definitely the manner in which something is delivered. Image matters. Goofing around excessively if you find yourself talking about an issue of doubt can take the audience away from the topic and leave them wanting laughs. Your image can turn from an OO competitor right into a comedian. This is not The Daily Show and you are therefore not Jon Stewart--do not try to capture the trust, credibility, and charm he exudes as most likely you will not. He's been mastering more than a decade.
* Lose focus. If peppering in humor becomes your sole objective than your OO will fail. The backbone with the event is the speech. What makes a great speech in Original Oratory include a good thesis, research, analysis, and structure. Focus on those, not the laugh. Sacrificing content to squeeze a chuckle into the writing is a poor choice. Your OO should revolve around a thesis not a joke. As you write your piece do not forget that.
* Awkward situation. With comedy comes a slew of complications. Have you tried how the judge will compare that you the others in your round? Never in case you blend in, but far too many jokes instantly separates you against the rest of your competitors. This also might not be a good separation. A judge could imagine you are not handling a fragile topic with plenty of maturity. They just may not know what to make of the Original Oratory's comedic spin. Also, suppose what is funny to you is not to others? Comedy also requires timing with an active audience; a pair of things you might not have. Telling a tale and receiving zero laughs is awkward. Now multiply whenever you have numerous jokes laced in your piece.
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Humor is an amazing tool. Original Oratories by incorporating jokes tend to fare better in competition. It might be because laughter loosens the crowd up, which in turn loosens the speaker, which ultimately can bring about a more confident delivery. It can be because moderate humor shows another side with the competitor the judge may not have seen. Whatever the reason, laughter draws people in. However, this can be Original Oratory. Standards of decorum exist this includes maintaining some volume of integrity through a serious message. Keep audience hooked but leave the rolling on to the floor business to Humorous Interpretation, Duo, plus the Marx Brothers.