Extempore – Revels’15
Paradigm Shift held its second event at the NLH, starting a little behind schedule, as most events are wont to do. Overseen by two organizers and several other members who dropped by from time to time, it was judged by two interns, and scrutinized by a timer that constantly changed hands. An event designed to put its contestants on the spot for a good two and a half minutes, it tested each participant’s fluency, diction, and wit.
Having close to forty registrations, with more bleeding in as the event went on, the organizers were forced to put a cap on the number in order to ensure they didn’t cut into the time reserved for their next event. With a healthy dose of external participants, and plenty who came to watch out of interest, the audience was varied and engrossed. As the room filled with noises both steady and wavering, impressions both feminine and (oddly) Kejriwal-like, the topics kept the interest levels high. From “all generalizations are bad, except this one” to “the speed of dark”, and quite a few odd ones in between, the changes of pace were a welcome breath of fresh air.
After each speech, the contestants were handed cans of Red Bull in the form of what would, at the very least, act as an unofficial consolation prize. As the smell of carbonated caffeine filled the air, the event began to wrap up, having elapsed nearly two hours. With the competition being rich, the one minute’s worth of preparation time was the deciding factor as to who made the cut. While there were a few genuinely funny speakers, the judges did complain of a lack of quality humour, while also maintaining that the topics were addressed in an interesting and engaging manner.