How to Perform a Humorous Duo in Speech Class

Not sure what to do this speech season? There's still time! Grab a friend, because it's time to fill the air with laughter.


  1. Image titled Cope With Having a Lisp Step 4
    Talk to your English teacher/speech coach about joining Humorous Duo. If it is available, join it. Make sure you have a partner.
  2. Image titled Get a Ph.D. in Physics Step 21
    Look through scripts. You can look at the scripts provided, or check online. You can use a script from a funny skit, sketch, book, movie, anything!
  3. Image titled Memorize a Speech Step 17
    Once you have found a piece you like, read through it. If you and your partner think you should do it, start cutting it. Cut parts out, re-arrange, and edit the script so that it fits your needs.
  4. Image titled Memorize a Speech Step 18
    Start practicing. The speech needs to be 7 minutes long. Time yourselves.
  5. Image titled Give an Acceptance Speech Step 13
    Once you have it down, perform it. At speech meets, go to the Humorous Duo section and wait for your turn. Once you are ready, go up.
  6. Image titled Give an Acceptance Speech Step 7
    Start with a quick excerpt, then provide your own written introduction. You are required to write your own introduction.
  7. Image titled Deal With Overbearing and Bossy Women Step 5
    Do not look at each other. Angle towards your partner, but never look at him/her. That is an automatic disqualification. In scene transitions/character changes (you or your partner may be required to perform multiple characters), slide across, switching places (again, not looking at each other).
  8. Image titled Give an Acceptance Speech Step 4
    Give your conclusion, and sit down. Once the round is over, you may leave.


  • Bring proof of your piece. For example, if you did an excerpt of a book, bring the book. If you did a scene from a movie, bring the movie! This is to ensure that you aren't just making something up. If you can't provide the proof, print out a copy of the original script to act as proof (your coach will have to check to vouch for you).
  • Be sure to check the timer to see how much time is left.
  • Dress in formal dress clothes.
  • Stare directly at the judges while delivering the conclusion.
  • Try to use different voices for different characters.


  • You will be timed.
  • Do not dress in casual clothing.
  • Never enter/leave a room while someone is performing.
  • Do not look at each other while performing.
  • Do not look at the script too much.
  • You cannot perform without proof.

Things You'll Need

  • Formal clothes
  • Script
  • Proof

Article Info

Categories: Public Speaking | School Stuff