Humorous Interpretation (HI)

Q&A: What to Expect in Humorous Interpretation

VIDEO: Sample Humorous Interpretation

From the National Speech and Debate Association:

Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to ten minutes in length. Humorous Interpretation is designed to test a student’s comedic skills through script analysis, delivery, timing, and character development. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters. No props or costumes may be used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the title and author.

Sample Pieces:

  • Avenue Q by Robert Lopez
  • Batboy by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
  • Leaving Iowa by Tim Clue and Spike Manton

Ready to learn more about HI? Visit, or visit the Jefferson City High School, MO team’s excellent website to find some ideas and resources for pieces.