Toastmasters, Roastmasters, and Now Boastmasters

(Posting on 3 speaking or speech clubs; by one NEB)

Different people have different clubs they get together in. Professionals have ‘Toastmasters’. American comedians have ‘Roastmasters’. Now, I’m thinking ‘Boastmasters’. The concept is basically the same: public speaking + (stand-up) comedy.

Specifically, with ‘to boast’ meaning ‘to talk or write about oneself or something related to oneself in a proud or self-admiring way’ ( ‘but then realize and admit that others may be smarter and that you’re just great’ (so I add), the name ‘Boastmasters’ for our first ever English (stand-up) comedy club is inspired by part of Jim Carrey’s speech: “I was concerned about going out into the world and doing something bigger than myself—until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself” (audience laughing and applauding; part beginning 2:20). This is incredibly brilliant!

Delivered in English, this is going to be the first ever in Indonesia. I mean for this to be for and among educators and teachers. Then we can have outsiders in too Johnny English, a British agent, played by Rowan Atkinson—Mr. Bean is not a Toastmaster; he is not a Roastmaster; he is a good example of a Boastmaster, saying that once on a mission he was dropped onto the Kalahari desert in Africa with nothing more to survive than one bottle of drink and tissues without any sophisticated gadgets an agent usually has, and managed to accomplish the mission and get back to the city right before Ramadan. You can hear the actual wording from the movie ‘Johnny English’ 🙂

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