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The Huffington Post calls Greg Schwem, “Your boss’ favorite comedian.” That’s because Greg’s clean, razor-sharp wit, and family-man stage presence has made him a favorite for audiences worldwide. More than just an entertainer, Greg is also a best-selling author, nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and award-winning greeting card writer.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an on-camera reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his stand-up act in nightclubs, eventually graduating to bigger rooms and larger audiences. Greg’s media appearances include stints on Comedy Central, VH-1, and Sirius/XM Radio, where he can be heard regularly on Laugh USA. He has appeared in concert with the likes of Celine Dion, Keith Urban, Jay Leno, and Enrique Iglesias. As a corporate entertainer, Greg’s clients have included Microsoft, McDonald’s, IBM, and Southwest Airlines. And when he travels, Greg often stays at Airbnb and other “home sharing” properties, treks that have resulted in a hilarious, ongoing web series, A Comedian Crashes Your Pad.
Greg blogs regularly for the Today Show and is the author of two Amazon best sellers: Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons from a Low-Tech Dad and The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS (Business Stories) From a Corporate Comedian.
You Can’t Quarantine Laughter
In a hilarious, interactive virtual keynote, Greg Schwem, dubbed “your boss’ favorite comedian” by HuffPost, discusses the role humor can, and should, play as Americans and American business, enter a new post-pandemic world. Greg provides real-world examples of companies which have used humor to improve their bottom lines and fend off problems before they became full-blown crises. Greg will also candidly discuss why he feels humor has been disappearing from the corporate world and why it should return. Prepare to make full use of the chatbox. Greg encourages (a little) virtual heckling.
Work, Laugh, Repeat
Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. Despite its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to laugh at work and about work. Audience members will put down their iPads and Blackberries and laugh along with Greg as he good-naturedly discusses topics such as Smart Phone abuse, social network overload, never-ending conference calls, “frequently” asked questions, and home office workers. His preparation includes company website research, phone conferences and maybe even a personal visit!
Rock, Roll & Laugh Your Way to the Top!
Greg Schwem knows a thing or two about rock and roll. As a comedian who has opened concerts for stars ranging from Keith Urban, to Celine Dion, to Enrique Iglesias to (wait for it) KC and the Sunshine Band, Greg has seen how rock and roll is really a business. Like your business. In short? Every company and employee has “rock star” potential. Greg shows you how to achieve that potential in a highly motivational presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to Lollapalooza. Topics include “Why Every Office Needs a Keith Richards,” “Are you Team Taylor or Team Kanye?”, and “Don’t Let Your Company Become a Country Song.”
Meeting Emcee / Video Host
A good emcee needs to multitask. He must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 BAE Systems engineers to a three-day conference for 6,000 McDonald’s restaurant managers, to a virtual webinar for IBM customers. He is equally at ease chatting with a company CEO live on stage, pronouncing (correctly) the names of awards recipients, or conducting humorous on-camera interviews with meeting attendees.
- "This was a perfect session for a Monday in light of all the online teaching and business meetings I have had to participate in over the past month. It was a good reminder of how to use humor to motivate and communicate, and connect with the audience. Use of questions now and then kept me engaged. Credentials and background of the presenter was excellent and I got some useful tips to use in my classes." Shirley Daniel CPA
- “Not only were his scores off the charts, but Greg did his homework on our association, members, and industry and incorporated that into his presentation.” Financial Manager’s Society
- “More than a comedian, he’s truly a brand ambassador” IBM
- “Greg did an excellent job in motivating the group the first morning which set the tone for the next three days.” IT Exchange Group