Moving into the second half, the audience wasn't interested in Hallow'een and wanted Howard to speak about his best revenge. Again, the man gets it for the punchline: 'And that was the night I shared a tent with Viktor Orban'. [When do advance copies of those memoirs go on sale, Howard?] Next up, Csaba drew two tough ones - My little pony and Hamlet. The audience was in fine fettle and determined to get its money's worth so my little pony won out. Gerard picked stranded in the desert but the audience was more interested in his worst dating experience. Despite Howard having set the scene for revelations, Gerard wasn't very forthcoming - he obviously has a charmed dating history. Virginia's draw was a surprise in that the audience wanted to hear about themselves - the audience - rather than dominatrices. She captured the hearts and minds of all present with her tribute to audiences everywhere. Hans had a choice between football and travelling and getting used to new countries and the audience chose the latter. It's funny how the phrase 'staying on topic' means different things to different people.
It was a great night - with some great speeches. Everyone was in fine form and the judges - Ágnes, Dani, James, Erika, and Kirstin - gave out some interesting scores which kept people talking long after the last speaker had left the stage. The prize - generously sponsored by the IHBC and Little Britain - went to Hans Peterson, who takes his place in the final in March.
Thanks again to all involved - to Steve for the photos, Kath for the door, Ilona for collecting the topics, Jeremy for scoring, and David for the web updates. A huge thanks to Milestone Management for sponsoring the room rental and to two very generous donors (they wish to remain anonymous) who doubled this week's takings. A whopping 211 000 forints go into the kitty.
Public Service Announcements: Marianne Powell plugged the Secret Theatre Club. Wayne Brett put out the call for Hungarian actors for his forthcoming play. Attila Szabo talked up Budapest Toastmasters and Bea Bincze asked for help packing 1000 Christmas bags.
We're back in January with a full line-up and a few familiar faces. See ye then.
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