Funny speech topics for teenagers

Updated February 21, 2017

Coming up with a speech topic for school can often be a daunting task. Finding a topic that can capture the attention of your audience is possible, however, with a little planning and foresight on your part. One way for teenagers to do this is to bring a little humour to the speech to keep the audience engaged and wondering what you will say next.

Bizarre News

One way to capture the attention of your audience is to introduce them to what is going on in the world. However, your discussion of the news should be focused on the bizarre and the weird rather than the news with which your audience may already be familiar. For a speech topic, teenagers can create a list of the top three or top five bizarre news stories based on what they can find on the Internet.

Dating Advice

For many teens dating is a major concern. Teenagers can be terrified of what to expect on a first date with someone. You can help alleviate these fears by delivering a humorous speech on what things you should not say on your first date with someone. Highlight some of the major concerns that people have about dating and use those as a starting point for what you should not say.

For instance, you can instruct your audience to not say things like "I used to come here all the time with my ex-girlfriend, but the food made her too fat to date anymore" or "I haven't dated since the aliens abducted me." The more ridiculous the statement, the better. Letting your audience know that there are some truly absurd things they would probably never think of saying might lessen the unease they feel about holding a conversation during a date.

What Would I Do?

Another possible starting point for a humorous speech is to write one that highlights what you would do in a hypothetical situation. For instance, you could write a speech on what you would do if you were the president of the United States or if you were invisible. The number of possibilities for this type of speech topic are limitless. Teens can think about what people complain about or often wish they could do and then put themselves in the shoes of someone who actually does those things. Then you can write a speech that tells your audience what you would do if you were in their shoes.

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About the Author

Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.