Option One: (Preferred) Rather than have someone r-e-a-d Tony’s introduction, please go with this unique alternative to set an immediate fun tone. It works, but only 100% of the time.
The Master of Ceremonies would simply say:
“We have Tony Brigmon’s best friend here with us today, and he knows Tony a LOT better than I do, so I’d like to invite him to come up and introduce the program for us. Here’s Tony’s best friend!”
Tony comes to the podium and introduces his best friend, the real “Tony Brigmon”. Tony gives the official introduction (See option 2), which means the Meeting Planner/Emcee has one less thing to worry about.
After Tony’s short introduction steps away from the podium as if to sit down and then abruptly returns to the podium waving as the real “Tony”. *** Audiences love this surprise beginning as it sets an immediate “fun tone” for the program.
*** YES, this intro “works” even when attendees meet Tony before his program, because when the intro begins it creates a fun anticipation as to who is the REAL Tony.