I know we gave dads a bit of a rough ride at the top, but in reality, if anyone has the guts to sell a joke in front of their daughter and her friends, it’s them. They’ve been doing it ALL their lives.
I know there are now fifty to a hundred other people in the audience, but don’t let that put you off. Sure, you’re bound to be nervous. Everyone is. However, there are some tips you can follow to make sure all goes to plan.
Firstly, make sure you take your time. Slow your delivery more than you normally would. Especially at the beginning.
By the time you get your first laugh, you’ll ease up and the crowd will be wrapped around your little finger. From here, it’s all about eye contact and performing to your audience. Don’t just read the speech off a sheet of paper (or, worse, a mobile phone). This is your five minute set at the Apollo! So make the most of it.
Follow the above from conception to delivery and you’ll make your daughter’s special day all the more special. Because it’s time dads reclaimed the term ‘dad joke’. They deserve it.