71 attendees convened at the Warner Brothers Studio to enjoy the Toastmasters Annual Division D Humorous Speech Contest. Richard Stewart concluded the event by taking home the top trophy with his speech entitled, High Culture. One of the quips from his performance was, “Texas had social media before Al Gore invented the Internet: they’re called Honky Tonks.”
Said Richard afterwards, “That was the most fun I’ve had in a long time, both as a participant and while listening to the other humor speeches.”
Richard complimented all the contestants for their humor, and particularly the runner-up, Ivan Gerson, for his fantastic performance and hilarious one-liners, including “They don’t call me Lord Gaga for nothing.”
Richard Stewart has been a Toastmaster since 1976 in Texas, Louisiana and California and co-founded the Renaissance Speakers Hollywood Toastmasters Club in 1989 with Roberta Perry. Over the years he has won three District Humor Contests and three District Tall Tales Contests, which is a string of tremendous accomplishments, especially when contemplated in light of the enormous talent which competes at the top of these annual Toastmasters Contest evolutions. Congratulations Richard!