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Greg Schwem, Humor Speaker

Greg Schwem

    • Business Humorist
    • Corporate Comedian
    • Master of Ceremonies
Full Bio
Fee Range

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

Illinois

2020 Demo Reel

2020 Demo Reel

Greg Schwem Emcee Reel

Greg Schwem Emcee Reel

Greg Schwem - Rock and Roll Laugh Your Way to the Top

Greg Schwem - Rock and Roll Laugh Your Way to the Top

The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem, “King of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy."  His humorous take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, the Huffington Post and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, award winning greeting card writer and nationally syndicated humor columnist, recognized by his peers from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for outstanding humor writing in 2014. But Greg is first and foremost a corporate entertainer.  If your company or association wants to laugh at today’s fast-paced business world, and learn that laughter motivates employees in good times and bad, look no further than Greg Schwem.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism,Greg never envisioned a career in comedy. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning 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 act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.

Greg's show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” says Greg.

When Greg hits the stage he already has perused the company’s Internet site, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Greg says. “I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just don’t give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that.”

Greg's preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit. The personal touch strikes a chord with clients. “The fact that you came up to our facility beforehand to get a feel for our culture and how we operate proved to be very beneficial, “ said Skyline Display President Bill Dierberger. “I have never seen some of our corporate folks laugh as hard as they did.”

After a performance for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Human Resources VPBarbara Low said, “Your comments and insights were spot on, relevant and incredibly funny. Our employees wanted more!”

To book Greg Schwem call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

SERIOUSLY SOCIAL: HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA AND AVOID BECOMING THE JOKE

The Chicago Tribune calls business humorist and nationally syndicated humor columnist Greg Schwem the “king of the hill in the world of corporate comedy.” In his presentation, “Seriously Social,” Greg uses real-world examples to show audiences the effectiveness of well-planned social media campaigns and cautions them on what can happen if those campaigns stray into uncharted waters.

Among the topics in Greg’s presentation:

• Why Kanye West and Taylor Swift are so effective at using social media to reach their fan bases.

• How photos on social media sites can be misinterpreted by customers

• Why it’s not necessary to get caught up in a sea of “likes,” “follows” and “retweets.”

In a presentation that includes websites and social media pages from some of today’s top corporations, along with music and video clips, Greg Schwem will have audiences laughing throughout while also thinking, “We can’t let THAT happen to US.”

 

ROCK, ROLL AND 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 Pat Benatar to (wait for it) KC and the Sunshine Band, Greg has seen how rock and roll is 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 presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to EDM (electronic dance music for you music neophytes.) Topics include "Why Every Office Needs a Keith Richards," "Are you Team Taylor or Team Kanye?," and "Don't Turn Your Company Into a Country Song." Rock on!

 

WORK, LAUGH, REPEAT

Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. In spite of 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 web site research, phone conferences and maybe even a personal visit

 

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 on stage. 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 manager

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