After Dinner Speaker

This is a personality suitable to attend a social function, to mix and mingle with guests at a reception, and then join the party for dinner before giving a humorous after dinner speech whilst guests enjoy brandy and cigars. This may be a sports personality, a comedian or comedy actor. The humour and jokes may be blue or squeaky clean, depending on the audience and type of function. Most speakers will refrain from blue jokes if requested. An After Dinner Speaker’s main function is to ‘entertain’ and is usually unsuitable as an ‘after-lunch speaker’, whose main function is usually to ‘inform’. After dinner speakers are usually skilled at dealing with ribbing and heckling from the audience, some of whom may even be drunk. An after dinner speaker may not be ‘famous’ but will have a reputation of being able to entertain and deal with an audience in a social environment.

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