verbal fight club: debate club meets stand up meets office politics
In a world of Facebook self-censorship, 140 character twitter constraints and obnoxious political soundbites, are we losing the ability to battle verbally?
Verbal Fight Club creates a public arena for participants to test out their own level of endurance and conviction on current issues of great (or little) importance. Imagine a really fun, and intensely passionate debate; mix in the hilarious and bizarre dynamic of standup comedy; power all that with the convictions and opinions that you wish you could shout out from the rooftop -- that's kind of what Verbal Fight Club is like. OH, plus there are interjections from the audience, and usually booze.
Here’s how it works
Everyone completes a 'battle card' with a simple question, topic or statement. The cards go into a barrel (or a hat or jar) and the adjudicator preps everyone for the battles by explaining the "respectful interjections" that audience members can employ. For example, one hand motion signals "boring, wrap it up!" and another communicates "I've got something to add". Once everyone has proven that they know how to use these super important hand motions, the adjudicator draws a card at random, which is then battled out by two people on stage. There are rules* and there are engaging interjection actions, which allow the audience to confirm, argue against or reward good verbal battles in real time.
Throughout the night the tone usually touches on super serious and interesting (we've had some niche topic experts wow us as they drop knowledge, and then drop the mic) to hysterically funny (some people are just entertaining as they make points based on their preferences) and everything in between. If something ever gets dull, we respect the audience's pleas and move onto the next round. All in all, battles tend to be a quick exchange of wits and experiences, filled with humor and smarts.
* The first rule of verbal fight club is you should always talk about verbal fight club, the second rule of verbal fight club is you should ALWAYS talk about verbal fight club - you get the idea...
Is it based on the movie?
Yep! This was totally inspired by the concept presented in Fight Club, and we respectfully adapted their rules.
What types of things get battled at fight club?
No topic is off limits at fight club! Since we crowd source the topics, it is really a mixed bag from the lighter "which way should the toilet paper roll go" and "cats versus dogs", to the heavier "the morality of religion" and "gun control". We also get a lot of seemingly light topics that end up sparking heavy debates like "hitting on people in the subway" and "polygamy". The rules prevent any hurtful or offensive behavior, but the fast-paced debate leads to many fascinating conversations being unearthed!