2022 Compliment battle
What is Compliment Deathmatch?
Compliment Deathmatch is a competitive spoken word game. Part rap battle, part haiku deathmatch, part poetry slam, it is an inverted roast battle. A honey roast competition where the competitors compliment each other and the best complimentarian wins! Compliments are profound expressions of gratitude, validation, and inspiration directed at a sole individual. Compliments are poetry for the loving sake of another. The champion here will be the one who expresses these compliments best. Compliments may be pre written, memorized, or improvised. Complimenters will have only 30 seconds to give their hearts to each other.
There will be five judges deciding which is the best complimenter in each round. These judges have been selected by the Board of Directors for their own abilities to compliment others. They are “subjective experts,” if you will.
Preliminary rounds will be best two out of three wins; the final round will be best four out of seven.
Adapted from “Compliment deathmatch – The rules and how to run one, written by RJ Walker”
- A compliment is defined as a profound form of expression directed at a single individual for the purpose of showing appreciation, giving validation, and inspiring that individual.
- Compliments must be no more than 30 seconds. You will be interrupted if you exceed this time limit. If you do not stop when interrupted, you will be disqualified.
- Compliments can be pre-written, memorized, or improvised.
- Compliments must be directed at your opponent. Complimenting the audience or staff instead of your opponent is bad form. Compliment those people after!
- Bringing props or wearing costumes is not allowed.
- No nudity. You will be disqualified and possibly reported to the police for flashing.
- Your compliment must be a compliment. Roasting your opponent will probably result in you losing. Backhanded compliments will also likely result in you losing.
- The host may disqualify anybody if they feel the complimenter has committed compliment malfeasance.
- Compliment malfeasance is defined as poor sportsmanship. Complimenting opponents on stage, but insulting them in the comments. Insulting the staff or audience members. Using slurs or hurtful language against people anywhere in the virtual space. Curse words are not malfeasance, epithets like racial slurs and misgendering are. Use your heart, don’t be an asshole.
- If you get eliminated from the competition, before you exit the live stream, write a compliment for the eventual winner and send it to the bout manager in a private/direct chat. Your compliments become part of the prize!
For this virtual competition, visual judging will be used. Judges will indicate Complimenter A or Complimenter B by raising their hands. Left hand for A, right hand for B. The complimenter with the majority vote from the judges wins the round.
The winner of finals will receive their prize of $100 and a Southern Fried t-shirt. Of course, the real prize is all the compliments written by all those eliminated during the tournament and sent to the eventual winner.
There is no registration fee, and the list will close at 16. After the first 16 slots are filled, additional registrants will be placed on the waitlist. This event is open to anyone, not just members of the Southern Fried community. We welcome you to join us!
Please be sure to read the official rules first!
General admission for our 2022 Compliment Battle hosted by Kia Flow!
It is $10 for non-members, click here to purchase a ticket.
It is free if you’re a member, please click here for your ticket.
If you’re considering becoming a member, please click here to sign up.
Click here if you need to renew your membership.
On the day of the show, we will be showing it directly on southernfriedpoetryslam.com. Check back here for the official link!
Our official complimenters will be listed here!