Heading into the second-half of the programme, Rupert Slade (winner of the 2010 GOTG) showed us why he deserved the prize last time out. Who would have thought when he drew 'Ping Pong' as as a subject that he once ranked 46 in Ireland and was beaten in five straight sets by a 12-year-old who went on to be No. 1? What you learn about people, eh?
Anyway, Declan was first up and made a remarkable comeback with a very witty and inspired three minutes on the Hungarian Post Office (best speech so far in this year's competition, IMHO!). Pat, faced with three minutes on Michael Jackson's glove, shared the story of a one-armed gaelic footballer called... yes.... Michael Jackson! Steve took us to Northern California with the difficult challenge of waxing lyrical on crash test dummies. Anna brought us into the land of the surreal with two shaggy dog stories featuring kings, princes, pensioners and skinheads, with Gerard topping the bill with his explanation as to why bald men are sexier.
Despite the heavy time penalties incurred in the first half, Pat's innovative take on Michael Jackson and his glove saw him tie with Gerard for first place. But we only had one cup and one prize... so we had a tie-break with both speakers discussing the heady topic of mini-skirts.
Another great night - with some great speeches. Thanks to all for attending and to our Round II sponsors - Fun Palace and The Caledonia. Am looking forward to seeing the photos.