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Toasting competition at Wills Pub July 28

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Tod Caviness hosts a FREE night of competitive toasting (as in "May you be in heaven half an hour before etc etc" toasting) at Will's Pub (1040 N. Mills Ave., Orlando). Oh, and spoken word too. 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 (sign-ups for Toast-Off begin at 8:30)

Originally conceived by touring poet and drinker Christian Drake, competitive toasting was an idea too strange not to steal. The first ever Speakeasy Toast-Off is a throwdown open to all comers. Competitors will go head-to-head, improvising toasts on a random array of subjects ranging from "artificial limbs" to "spanking". This odd and increasingly drunken display will be decided by our celebrity judges:

- Katie Ball (Oak Hill Drifters songbird, radio host, cultural barometer)
- Mark Baratelli (Improv impresario, Fringe superduperstar, Blog personage)
- Jenn Harton (McRaney's Tavern bartender, professional smartass)

The top two toasters will recieve FREE BEER for the duration of the match, and the Grand Champeen will score a super-secret prize that can only hope to be as cool as free beer (but will be).

The weekly open mike spoken word spectacle known as Speakeasy will follow the competition, provided the host or any spectators remain articulate.

For exact rules and other questions, feel free to mail your humble hostt, Tod Caviness.