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Comedy - Keynote Speakers

Carol Leifer

A groundbreaking star marking her mark in the late 1970's as one of the few female stand up comedians, Carol Leifer was also a writer of many hit shows including the long-running sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live," wrote and co-produced the late night fictional talk show "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), and 75 episodes of "Seinfeld."Over the course of her career, Lefier has been nominated for an Emmy 4 times for her writing and won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work as a writer on the show Modern Family. In 2009, Leifer released When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, a collection of humorous essays about life after 40, and most importantly, the moment she discovered that she was gay and how her life changed for the better after coming to terms with her sexuality. Her latest bestselling book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying is part memoir, part guide book on getting ahead in the show-biz world and laugh out loud fun.

Adam Christing

As one of the world's premiere interactive entertainers, Adam Christing has amused, mystified, and delighted more than 3,000 audiences across North America. Hailed as a "meeting planner's dream", Adam has become a favorite guest performer, emcee, and after-dinner entertainer/speaker for hundreds of the top companies and organizations in the world, including Toyota, Microsoft, Stanford University, and scores of others. He has been ranked among the top 5 after-dinner speakers in America. Success magazine highlighted him as "one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in America." Adam is the author of "Comedy Comes Clean: A Hilarious Collection of Jokes, Quotes, and One-liners". Adam also holds a degree in public speaking and is a master at customizing his message around event themes. His keynote topics include: 'Say YES to Your Dreams', 'Laughing Your Way Through Difficult Times', 'Dynamic Diversity' and 'It's a Sin to be

Jeff Civillico

Jeff Civillico is a Vegas-based headline entertainer who blends his perfected art of juggling with friendly audience interaction and insane amounts of energy. Jeff is thrilled to perform daily on the Las Vegas strip. He has his own show at Imperial Palace Casino at 2PM. He also works regularly as a guest performer in Nathan Burton: Comedy Magic at The Flamingo. Jeff currently serves as the Membership Chair for the National Speakers Association of Las Vegas, and President of the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Las Vegas. His latest endeavor is Win-Win Entertainment, a non-profit Jeff recently created which pairs performers willing to donate their time and talent with charity organizations in need of entertainment. He is excited to be on the membership committee of the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network of Southern Nevada, and to get more involved in the non-profit space. His zany lifestyle, boundless energy, and contagious spirit create an unforgettable entertainment experience.

Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer is a 6-time Emmy award-winning comedian, writer, and TV host. In 1994, Ross began studying the cultural influences that cause some organizations to experience wild success – while others suffer embarrassing failures. Human nature and the human condition have always been fascinating to Ross, and as a result, he specializes in the study of customer urgency and empathy, personal motivation, leadership, and business relevance. Ross is also the author of nine business books, his most recent being Behave Like a Start-Up and Success: It’s On You. Ross is a National Speaker Association Hall of Fame recipient and has spoken at over 2,500 events worldwide. Unconventional and engaging, Ross can educate and motivate employees from all job types and levels.

Harry Freedman

Harry Freedman is an utter fraud - a stand-up comedian whom dozens of companies have asked to pretend he’s an industry expert or a newly hired executive to bring humor to annual meetings or conventions. With nearly three decades of professional comedy experience, from the clubs of Las Vegas to the corporate boardroom, Harry Freedman is a comic you can trust. As a speaker, he has performed for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, and is frequently rated 'best speaker' at conferences. Harry will create the perfect expert for your group until they are roaring with laughter! With over two decades of professional experience, he has performed put-ons for hundreds of top companies, has performed regularly on national television, and has worked with everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Ray Romano. So when you think of finding the right performer to give your people a laugh-fest they will love and thank you for, two key words make all the difference: Harry Freedman!

Gerry Dee

Award-winning comedian, Gerry Dee is one of the hottest talents in the business. With a style reminiscent of early Bill Cosby routines, Gerry Dee is one of those rare comedians that can be funny while still being clean. He has appeared multiple times on CBS, HBO, NBC, The Comedy Network, and performed coast-to-coast in Canada and internationally. NBC describes Gerry as "one of the next generation of Canadian comics to make it big". And they're probably right: Gerry was the first Canadian in 27 years to win the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, the same competition that launched Robin Williams, Dana Carvey and Ellen DeGeneres to superstardom. In the summer of 2007 Gerry Dee became a household name with his impressive 3rd place finish on NBC's Last Comic Standing. Back home the following year he won the 2008 Canadian Comedy Award as "Best Male Comic in Canada'. Gerry is known for his clean, original material, and his outrageous, sometimes frantic, always likeable style. His signature stories of the absurdities of life at the front of the classroom and growing up the son of Scottish immigrant parents have become famous to his fans. His delivery is natural and seamless, described as "masterful and flawless."

Jason Alexander

"An Evening/Morning with Jason Alexander" - Jason Alexander is getting standing O’s for his new show. In a comedy/variety show he performs stand up material, as well as songs on the piano, audience participation bits, clips from Seinfeld and a hysterical Q & A…with himself! This material can all be custom to your audience and meeting.

Chris Bliss

Speaker, comedian, variety artist, and Bill of Rights proponent Chris Bliss delivers intelligent and timely commentary about our world. The through line connecting all these dots is Chris’s passion for communication. Whether it’s his unique approach to juggling as a musical art, his scathingly funny comedy about the absurdities of our modern world, or his commitment to spreading awareness of our founding principles, Chris Bliss is continually searching for new approaches to old conventions, and fresh ways of expressing them. The result is engaging presentations that inform as well as entertain. Chris’s unique skill set and years of experience, along with his personal commitment to every client and event, is an unbeatable combination. To paraphrase his write-up in the Washington Post, if you’re looking to laugh and think, you can’t do better than Chris Bliss.

Wayne Cotter

A hilarious and attention grabbing comedian and emcee, Wayne Cotter brings laughter to all that are around him. Wayne is perfect for any event that is in need of a vivacious entertainer. As said by Jay Leno, Wayne is “one of the funniest comedians working today.” Wayne hosted the Fox series “Comic Strip Live,” was seen in feature films “Spy Hard” and The Aristocrats,” and has countless appearances on David Letterman and Jay Leno. Once you hear Wayne you’ll agree that he is a fresh, smart, funny comedian who brings a vibrant spark to everyone.

Tim Gard

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence), an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Tim has spoken at over 2,000 events worldwide from Texas to Tasmania and was selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.” Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that you will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. During the past two decades, Tim has traveled almost two million miles to perform, is the author of 4 books, and an inventor of stress reduction tools that are marketed & enjoyed worldwide.

Mack Dryden

From humble beginnings as a blue-collar paper mill employee in Mississippi, Mack's path to becoming one of the top corporate comedians and humorous motivational speakers in the country was a circuitous one to say the least. He was an award-winning newspaper reporter, taught karate after earning a black belt, and finally made a career of his true love, making people laugh and having a positive impact on their lives. As a performer, he's appeared on numerous TV shows, including The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, as well as acting roles on many dramas like ABC’s The Guardian and JAG. As a writer, he's won a prestigious fiction-writing contest, and was handpicked by Bill Maher for the writing staff of ABC'S Politically Incorrect. He's a two-time cancer survivor who speaks at dozens of survival celebrations every year, and has also survived a harrowing stay in an African prison, not to mention “the sharks in showbiz who stab you in the front!" Instead of brooding about his misfortunes, he does the opposite and shares his goal-achieving secrets with hilarious, moving stories about the challenges he's overcome to reach his goals.

Mike Rayburn

Mike Rayburn, CSP, CPAE does what no other speaker can. In addition to being a brilliant guitarist and entertainer, Mike is an expert on personal development and human potential. What this means for your audience is a speaker who doesn’t talk about what he’s studied or heard about success—Mike shares what he knows from having done it! … having achieved mega success. He has headlined Carnegie Hall, given two TED Talks, achieved entrepreneurial success as a small business owner, and sold half a million records on his own independent label. Mike has and knows what it takes. Mike uses his amazing guitar work and comedy to actually prove it before your eyes and ears. This is a message of purpose, possibility and peak performance which Mike lives and breathes daily; a message which can transform your team and conference because it works for anyone. “What If…?” is perfect for setting the tone for success as an opening keynote; for inspiring attendees to make real change in a closing, or anywhere you need a re-energizing shot of adrenalin.

Dale Irvin

Dale Irvin is one of a kind. He is an author, actor and widely televised comedian, but speaking is where he excels. Dale's monologues keep the audience fully engaged, wide awake, and paying more attention so that they will get the jokes they are about to hear. It also gives them another connecting point and becomes a topic of conservation during the breaks. No wonder many groups bring Dale back year after year to emcee and summarize their events. In addition to over 100 national TV appearances, Dale has appeared in concert with Jay Leno, Paul Anka, The Four Tops and The Temptations. Dale is the author of eight books including "Laughter Doesn't Hurt" and publishes "Funny Business", a bi-monthly humor newsletter with international distribution.

Tony Jeary

When many of the World’s top executives want to grow their organizations, change thinking, and execute for better results, they are eventually led to The RESULTS Guy, Tony Jeary. Jeary has invested his life and career in helping others discover new clarity for their vision, develop focus on direction and create powerful execution strategies that strategically impact achievement and accelerate results. It doesn’t matter if the meeting participants are business leaders, business development people, sales team members, reps, management groups, or the entire organization. Tony has been described as a ‘gifted encourager’ who facilitates positive outcomes for others. The development of Tony’s Strategic Acceleration Process resulted from his obsession with studying distinctions that characterize top-performing high-achievers and organizations. Tony’s signature book, Life is a Series of Presentations, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2004. His latest major publication is Strategic Acceleration: Success at the Speed of Life, published by Vanguard in 2009.

Bill Herz

Bill Herz astonishes and amazes every audience he is in front of. As a corporate magician he can liven up any meeting, dinner or cocktail party with his sleight of hand. In 1987 he started Magicorp, to handle the increasing demand for his performing expertise and special event know-how. He currently performs at over 200 corporate events each year and designs and creates special effects for Broadway shows, major motion pictures and much more. Bill uses a unique mix of customized comedy and magic that has captivated audiences from around the world. If your next meeting or event needs an unforgettable twist to it, Bill’s wizardry can make any boredom disappear.

Jim Morris

Jim Morris' Cinderella story is testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. His life story is the subject of the Walt Disney film "The Rookie" starring Dennis Quaid. As a high school baseball coach, he made a bet with his players that if they won the championship, he would try out for the major leagues. Jim then went to an open tryout, where he changed diapers and then went out and threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph to the amazement of scouts in attendance. People at the age of 35 aren't supposed to throw 98 mph. After some heated discussion with his family, Jim signed a pro contract to play baseball at the age of 35. Jim is much more than just a sports personality. Imagine having Tom Hanks or Jimmy Stewart over for a cup of coffee and that's what it's like to bring Jim to your corporate meeting, church, school, or fundraiser. A school teacher by trade, Jim is a polished speaker but never slick. Audiences connect with him because he's one of them. In a world lacking in real-life heroes, Jim's message about following your dreams and keeping your promises resonates with audiences.

Greg Schwem

The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem “king of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy." 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's timely and hilarious programs. Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Cisco and McDonald’s have laughed themselves silly over Greg’s program, “Work, Laugh, Repeat” while his latest keynote, “Rock, Roll & Laugh Your Way to the Top” has garnered raves for its ability to intertwine comedy and music with a powerful business message. Need an emcee or moderator? Greg will keep your audience energized and laughing throughout a multi-day event. Greg’s presentations are heavily researched and stay within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material (and a guaranteed good time for all). Greg is also an award-winning, nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of two Amazon bestsellers: Text Me If You’re Breathing and The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar.

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta motivates audiences DIFFERENTLY by fueling them with exciting new ideas, mindsets, attitudes and solutions that will empower them to tackle even the toughest challenges in today’s crazy 24/7 world! Her humor allows her to confront the toughest issues organizations face with substance and style. Connie’s contagious sense of humor enables your audience to dig deeper and learn so she can keep those “ah ha” moments coming fast and furious. Most keynote speakers simply teach audiences WHAT to do. A few speakers show audiences HOW to do it. Connie does all that and MORE. She helps your team understand WHY it’s important to change behaviors, re-think attitudes, re-assess old ideas and get on board so they can make things happen!

Jon Stetson

With over 25 years with audiences for over 10,000 performances, Jon Stetson is an internationally acclaimed magician, mentalist and comedian. President Bush, President Carter, The King of Sweden, Donald Trump, Bob Kraft & The New England Patriots, Fortune 1000 organizations, associations and celebrity audiences have experienced Jon Stetson worldwide. Jon is able to observe people’s patterns and step inside the heads of his audiences. His Keynote; I Know What you are Thinking…Mastering the Art of the 4-Wall Experience, is an interactive, experiential-based program designed to provide you with a personal branding strategy that works—powerfully, strategically, and most importantly, simply. It will help you discover and show you how to use key 4-Wall strategies—mastering the art of knowing yourself, your environment, and the dynamics that are taking place when you showcase your brand. The Stetson Experience is intuitively designed to maximize your event’s top two requirements—return on investment and return on objective. Jon is the quick wit and the steady center of even the most complex productions, including conferences, meetings and awards banquets. He’ll work with you to organize your event, keep it moving and get your message across effectively. Jon is the one entertainer in America who truly understands the meaning and importance of capturing the mindshare and heartshare of your audience.

The Waiter Show

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of delicious entertainment with the incredible Magical Comedy Waiters! The show begins as soon as your guests sit down for dinner. The Waiters' antics begin subtly and slowly. Gradually your guests begin to elbow each other and snicker at the comical situations these two hapless waiters keep creating. From serving amusingly unusual appetizers to negotiating with a difficult folding chair, The Waiters create an atmosphere of fun right from the start of the evening. The fun heats up during the meal as your inept waiters attempt to keep their cool when a host of problems threatens to undo them: haunted bottles, bending silver, floating tables and countless other hilarious surprises! The main course culminates in an impromptu audience participation performance that leaves no doubt that your guests are in for a night to remember and sets the stage for the big finale. After dinner, Dan and Dave take to the stage to present a side-splitting show featuring magic, music and lots of audience participation.

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