Greg Schwem

Greg Schwem

Corporate Entertainer and Motivational Comic

Speaker Categories: Comedy-Corporate | Humor for Business | Actors/Entertainers | Humor/Satire | Comedy-College

Travels From: IL, United States.

Speaker Fee Range: $10,001 to $20,000*

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Corporate Entertainer and Motivational Comic

Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist and award-winning greeting card writer. (Yes, you read that last one correctly!) He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.

Early Career

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.

Corporate Comedy

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, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, 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,” Greg recently told a reporter.

Besides customized material, Greg entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, SmartPhone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company.

Publications

In addition to his hefty speaking schedule, Greg writes a weekly humor column nationally distributed by Tribune Media Services. He also is the author of Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad. And yes, those are his kids on the cover.

Early Career

Work, Laugh, Repeat

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 Pat Benatar 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 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!

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.

Comedy With a Byte

Just want some entertainment during the day or evening? Greg has over 20 years experience as a stand-up comedian and can turn your meeting space into a comedy club with a routine that combines company information with hilarious real life stories, audience interaction and technology.

  • The Road To Success Goes Through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS From a Corporate Comedian
    The Road To Success Goes Through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS From a Corporate Comedian Purchase Book
  • Text Me If You're Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad
    Text Me If You're Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad Purchase Book

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  • The Road To Success Goes Through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS From a Corporate Comedian
    The Road To Success Goes Through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS From a Corporate Comedian Purchase Book
  • Text Me If You're Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad
    Text Me If You're Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad Purchase Book

Testimonials

  • “More than a comedian, he’s truly a brand ambassador”


    IBM
  • “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
  • “Greg did an excellent job in motivating the group the first morning which set the tone for the next three days.”


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