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Humor - 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.

Brian Pavlet

In 1993, the golf world familiarized itself with a new prodigy in Brian Pavlet. After launching a 435 yard blast in Salt Lake City, Utah in a regional competition, Brian went to the National Long Drive Championship and won it all. Since winning he has not looked back. He has made a record eight “Final 8” appearances in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship and has been the LDA’s most consistent performer the past decade. He held the #1 ranked position for more than 20 months and was featured in Golf Digest for having one of the best power swings in golf. Brian has performed more than 1,200 shows worldwide and even entertained the troops in Iraq with the USO. His engaging personality and performance make him one of golf’s premier showmen.

Dan Boever

Dan Boever ranks among the most popular performers on the golf exhibition circuit. Known for his quick wit and amazing repertoire of trick shots, Boever can light up an audience like few others in the golf entertainment business. There’s a bounce in his step, a sparkle in his eye and impish grin on his face as he works his magic through the bag. Whether Boever’s blasting his driver nearly 400 yards or his putter nearly 300 yards, he keeps the one-liners coming. His showmanship is infectious – and unforgettable. He’s sure to keep the gallery in stitches and fans on his side. Dan Boever never met a stranger he didn’t convert into a fast friend. That explains why hundreds of corporations and charities, when booking a headliner for their golf outings, borrow a page from old-time television: They leave it to Boever.

Garrison Wynn

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

Phil Callaway

Though he has been called “The funniest Canadian alive” Phil Callaway uses his award-winning humor to inspire and motivate worldwide audiences as diverse as corporations, cancer societies, health care workers, churches, and Fortune 500 companies. Known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life, Phil is the best-selling author of twenty-five inspirational humor books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. Phil's writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!) Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Phil is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and partners with Compassion, an international child development agency. For two years his 5-part video series The Big Picture was the number one teaching video on the planet. Lou Pierce, Chair and Divisional Vice President of Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table says, "Phil not only had our audience energized, I was on the verge of calling 911 for a shipment of respirators to combat a severe outbreak of hysterical laughter syndrome. But the true medicine came in the form of gentle tugs on our heartstrings as Phil artfully painted word pictures of joyfully experiencing life."

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.

Scott Christopher

Scott Christopher is author of the best-selling People People: Who They Are, Why They Win and How to Become One, The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, and contributing author of The Daily Carrot Principle and A Carrot A Day. As VP of Speaking and Training at The Culture Works and a consultant on strengthening work culture with recognition and fun, Scott has circled the globe entertaining and motivating thousands of audiences. Scott's unforgettable messages and off-the-cuff humor illustrate firsthand how levity, humor and becoming a 'people person' enrich lives at work and at home. His unforgettable presentations leave people with a new perspective on life and prepared to face any challenge.

Regina Barreca

Regina is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is also the author of several highly acclaimed books on feminist humor including "They Used to Call me Snow White, Then I Drifted: Women's strategic use of humor" and her most recent "Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful." Regina is also a popular media expert, having appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show and Oprah (several times). Deemed a 'feminist humor maven' by Ms. Magazine, Regina writes a weekly column for the Hartford Courant and had regularly published articles in The NY Times, The Chicago Tribune, Ms. Cosmopolitan and Worth. Regina speaks to groups on a variety of topics that relate to the value importance and roles of humor in everyday life.

Richard Laible

With over two decades of corporate hosting experience, Richard Laible is corporate America's first choice for entertainment. He is widely sought after for his unique ability to improve tradeshows, sales meetings, promotions, and other business events. Richard began his career with Chicago's famous The Second City comedy troupe, so he will definitely get your audience laughing. But even more importantly, he will also get them—and keep them—listening closely to the messages you wish to communicate throughout your program. Working as the Host, Master of Ceremonies, or Spokesperson for your event, Richard will prepare by researching your company, speakers, and messaging to assure that his contribution is targeted to the strategic goals of your program. He will also open your event in a fun and upbeat manner; provide entertaining introductions for speakers, segments, and topics; maintain a dynamic and engaging pace for your schedule; and sustain audience involvement and interactivity. With clients that range from Cisco to Starbucks to Sara Lee, Richard has the experience to guide your event to success!

Calvin Trillin

Trillin Calvin is acclaimed in fields of writing that are remarkably diverse. He has published pieces in The New Yorker for forty years and his wry commentary on the American scene and his comic novels have earned him renown as "a classic American humorist." His books include three comic novels (most recently, "Tepper Isn't Going Out") and a collection of short stories, a travel book and an account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. Three of his antic books on eating "American Fried", "Alice, Let's Eat" and "Third Helpings" were compiled in 1994 into a single volume called "The Tummy Trilogy". He lectures widely and has appeared often as a guest on such television programs as "Good Morning America", "The Today Show" and "Latenight with David Letterman". He has written and presented two one man shows at the American Palace Theatre in New York- both of them critically acclaimed and sell-out. In reviewing the second show, The New York Times called Trillin "the Buster Keaton of performance humorists".

Bill Stainton

As a dynamic leader, a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer, an author, a business humorist, and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert, Bill Stainton offers insight that is guarenteed to inspire and motivate. He blends the business smarts he gained from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences from around the world!

Bill Acheson

As a keynote speaker, Bill Acheson is an expert in nonverbal communication. He uses his knowledge of body language to teach professionals on how to project themselves with a greater impact. Many professionals from companies such as American Express, AIG, Bank of American, and Citigroup have gained valuable tips that they use once they leave the room. Bill’s engaging personality ability to present academic research through humor keeps the audience engaged. His presentations will have an impact on the effectiveness of both your sales force and executives.

Michael Broome

Michael Broome is one of our nation's most inspiring, original and comedic speakers. His audiences rolls with laughter & applauses with inspiration, at this man who does more than entertain & educate; he touches people's lives. More than a speaker, Broome is also the founder and president of the Broyhill Leadership Conference, where over 28,000 participants throughout North America have attended. These weeklong conferences help teach the principles of success, a truly life changing experience for all that attend. He chose a career in professional speaking because he has a sincere passion to inspire people to maximize their potential, serve others, enhance their sense of gratitude, and achieve a life balance. Michael believes that "success is when we have some of the things that money can buy and lot of the things that money can’t buy." As a speaker, his topics include: A Humorous Look at Personal, Professional and Family Success; You’ll See It When You Believe It, Be a People Power Person!; and Killing Stress Before It Kills You.

Bertice Berry

As a sociologist, an award-winning entertainer, comedienne, and lecturer with 20 years of experience, Dr. Bertice Berry has touched the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Dr. Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, "The Bertice Berry Show," and hosted "USA Live," a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network.
She's been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and "BET Live". She is also the author of her best-selling inspirational memoir; I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head. Each organization she speaks to is given a tailor-made speech designed to address the specific needs of their group. She takes a humorous approach to serious subjects that have her audiences laughing and thinking at the same time. Topics include: Redefining Diversity, Change & Transformation, Finding Your Purpose, Wellness, Self Esteem and Gender Issues.

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.

Christine Cashen

A motivational speaker with a killer sense of humor, Christine Cashen enlightens every audience she is in front of. Her content-rich, interactive, and humorous motivational speeches bring her audiences wanting to come back for more. It is no wonder that Christine is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), which fewer than 7% of speakers hold the title of. Christine provides her audiences with tools to improve communication, reduce stress, and resolve conflicts in and out of the workplace. Through her relatable stories and well-thought-out presentations, Christine gives her listeners an experience that they can reference to for the rest of their lives.

John Cassis

John Cassis brings a rare blend of humor, entertainment and content to being a motivational speaker. He shares his own experiences to show how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on! From being a professional baseball player to a minister, and the former inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears, John uses his wide-ranged background and numerous stories to inspire listeners. He is a genuine and passionate professional speaker that truly wants to change the lives of his audience and guide them toward a path to re-energize their lives, careers and relationships.

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.

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