Joke Contest Results — Naked Person

Humor Power

Here are the top lines and Honorable Mention entries from this month’s contest, selected by our panel of judges (speakers and improv players). ** FIRST PLACE **. I’m from Missouri, the Show ME state. - It’s time for the results of the May Joke Contest: What To Say to a Naked Person. Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month. Our next contest is June 1, 2014.

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Giving Thanks for Mark Twain

DeFinis Communications

Scholars from the Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley, sat on panels and chatted with us during breaks. Biographer Ron Powers regaled us with stories from his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. This year, 2010, marks the centennial year of the death of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (a.k.a., Mark Twain). It is also his 175 th birthday and the 125 th anniversary of the American publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Joke Contest Results — Simple or Complex

Humor Power

Here are the top lines for this month’s contest selected by our panel of six judges (speakers and improv players). ** FIRST PLACE **. Cindy Tebo, St Louis, Missouri. ** THIRD PLACE **. Here are the September Joke Contest results. The theme is to create book titles which feature very simple or very complex subjects. New joke contests are announced on the first of the month. Our next contest will be announced on October 1.

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Physical Comedy

Humor Power

It opened with a panel of four, top comedy magicians which included Tom Mullica, famous for his Tom Foolery night club in Atlanta and his tribute to Red Skelton performed in Branson Missouri. I attended a magician’s convention in October. He said his favorite funny-man was George Carl. Tom sent me a link of a George Carl performance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It’s brilliant physical comedy.

Famous Speech Friday: Carol Bartz's keynote at the 2010 Grace Hopper Celebration

The Eloquent Woman

Women working in computing and technology often have trouble seeing their gender well-represented on panels and podiums at industry conferences, but not at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women and Computing. This annual conference of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology says it is the largest gathering of women in this profession, and participants are still recalling Carol Bartz's keynote there two years ago. At the time of this speech, Bartz was the CEO of Yahoo!

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