5 TED talkers that’ll have you smiling

Ally Glavin

No-one would disagree that the act of getting on stage in front of thousands takes passion, skill and a bucket load of courage. 

Press play on this tribute to just some of the amazing TED speakers around the world who’ve taken the stage to share their experience and make us smile.


 1. This is what happens when you reply to a spam email I James Veitch

Follow James Veitch, writer and comedian, as he narrates his lol-worthy, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a very tempting deal.


2. The Truth About Growing Up Disabled I Dylan Alcott

Our homegrown Dylan Alcott, Paralympic gold medallist. World Champion, Grand Slam champion and crowd-surfing superstar, on growing up with a disability (and overcoming the poor hair choices of youth).


3. Where joy hides and how to find it I Ingrid Fetell Lee

Why do some things seem to create universal joy? Ingrid Fetell Lee, designer and writer, on the roots of joy and how we all can find, and create, more of it in our world.


4. 10 things you didn’t know about the orgasm I Mary Roach

From the bizarre to the hilarious, “Bonk” author Mary Roach brings us some obscure scientific research about sexual climax. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)


5. What happens in your throat when you beatbox? I Tom Thum

Another TEDxSydney veteran, professional beatboxer, Tom Thum, teams up with Dr Matthew Braodhurst to take us ‘under the hood’ for a better look at ‘all the flappy things and how they interact’. (Warning: Ready yourself for the gooey and strange).


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