Award-winning Corporate Business Humorist Speaker, Emcee, Author, & Nationally Syndicated Humor Columnist ''King of the Hill in the World of Corporate Comedy." Chicago Tribune
Fee Range: $12,500- $30,000
Corporate Business Humor, Wellness, Communication, Humor, Cancel Culture, Work-Life Balance
"You Can't Cancel Laughter," says Greg Schwem as he shares it is possible to laugh at work and about work!
The Huffington Post calls Greg Schwem "your boss's favorite comedian." But Greg is more than just a stand-up comedian. He is a 25-year business humor veteran, tasked with making the corporate world laugh at itself.
More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, and has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Jay Leno, and Keith Urban.
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 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 standup 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 comedic take on the 21st-century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, Good Day Dallas Comedy Central, and the pages of Parade Magazine, and Multifamily Executive Magazine.
His experience 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, Sprint, SAP, Verizon, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines, Cisco Systems, Indiana Apt. Association, Virginia Apt. and Management Assoc., National Assoc of Realtors, Pulte Homes, Hines, and many more...
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,” Greg recently told a reporter.
Greg's most requested experiences. All can be performed at Hybrid Events and Virtually!
If Laughter is Healthy, Why Aren't We All OK? Check out Greg's latest and most requested customized experience. It is perfect as a standalone keynote or a breakout session. As corporate America returns to work and struggles with topics such as wellness and retention, everyone is also talking about the roles of humor in the workplace and the definition of "funny." What Gen X finds uproarious, Gen Z might find "offensive" or "inappropriate." Who is correct? In a hilarious yet thought-provoking presentation, Greg challenges his audience to realize that curtailing humor in the workplace also stifles creativity and teamwork. For those who say, "we aren't a funny company" or "this isn't a good time for us to be laughing," Greg disagrees. Using real-world examples, Greg explores how companies have increased sales and overcome negative publicity through humor. Unlike speakers who dub themselves "humor experts," yet provide no answers, Greg, a 30-year standup comedy veteran, offers suggestions for how to navigate this slippery slope while laughing the entire time.
- 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. Loaded with customized material – check out this Pinterest observation – that Greg develops with the help of his clients. His preparation includes company website research, phone conferences, and maybe even a personal visit!
- 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 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 presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage, and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to techno. 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.” Rock on!
He is also the creator and host of the TV travel show, "A Comedian Crashes Your Pad, " now streaming on Roku and available in the Apple and Google Play stores through the Fantastic Entertainment app.
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.”