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Greg Schwem

Greg Schwem

Keynote Speaker: Business Humorist, Corporate Emcee, Syndicated Columnist & Author

Greg Schwem Biography

Greg Schwem tells all his clients, “I’m here to make you laugh but, at the end of the day, I want to be your biggest cheerleader too!” That approach is why the Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Schwem “king of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy while HuffPost calls Schwem, “Your boss’s favorite comedian.” Indeed, Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, Comedy Central and the cover of Exceptional People Magazine.

During the 2020 pandemic, Schwem’s virtual keynote, You Can‘t Quarantine Laughter, was lauded by clients such as Cisco, Verizon, Merrill Lynch, Intuit and his alma mater, Northwestern University. One participant called it “fantastic and just what everybody needed during this time.” As lockdown eased and employees returned to offices, that presentation morphed into If Laughter is Healthy, Why Aren’t We All OK? That keynote, one of three Schwem offers, earned a prime spot at the 2022 National SHRM convention in New Orleans.

More than just a business humor keynote speaker and sought-after corporate emcee, Schwem is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites on the web in 2020. His recent business travels have resulted in a hilarious web series, A Comedian Crashes Your Pad, currently streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire and AppleTV. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Jay Leno and Keith Urban.

What sets Schwem 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,” Schwem recently told a reporter.

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Greg Schwem Speaking Topics

If Laughter is Healthy, Why Aren't We All OK?

Delivered live or virtually, this hilarious and thought-provoking presentation challenges audience to realize that eliminating, or curtailing humor in the workplace environment 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,” renowned business humorist Greg Schwem disagrees.

Using real world examples, Greg explores how companies have increased sales and overcome negative publicity through humor. What one generation finds “offensive” or “inappropriate” might be deemed perfectly acceptable to another generation. Who is correct? Greg offers suggestions for how to navigate this slippery slope while laughing the entire time. He also shows how humor helped lift this country’s emotions during the COVID-19 crisis while helping businesses cope with the worst possible scenarios.

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.

Keynote 3 - 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 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 highly motivational presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to Lollapalooza. 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."

Keynote 1 - Work, Laugh, Repeat

Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. Despite 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!

Greg Schwem Videos

Greg Schwem | Hilarious Business Speaker Demo 2024
You Can't Quarantine Laughter | Hilarious Virtual Humor Demo

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What topics does Greg Schwem speak about?

Greg Schwem is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Inspirational, Hosts & Emcees, Comedy, Health, Entertainers, Personal Growth, Technology, Music, Business, College, Motivational, Diversity & Inclusion and DEI.

Where does Greg Schwem travel from?

Greg Schwem generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Greg Schwem is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Hosts & Emcees and Comedy. The estimated speaking fee range to book Greg Schwem for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Greg Schwem generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Adam Christing, Joel Zeff and Ross Shafer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Greg Schwem for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 20/06/2024.

Greg Schwem Speaking Topics

  • If Laughter is Healthy, Why Aren't We All OK?

    Delivered live or virtually, this hilarious and thought-provoking presentation challenges audience to realize that eliminating, or curtailing humor in the workplace environment 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,” renowned business humorist Greg Schwem disagrees.

    Using real world examples, Greg explores how companies have increased sales and overcome negative publicity through humor. What one generation finds “offensive” or “inappropriate” might be deemed perfectly acceptable to another generation. Who is correct? Greg offers suggestions for how to navigate this slippery slope while laughing the entire time. He also shows how humor helped lift this country’s emotions during the COVID-19 crisis while helping businesses cope with the worst possible scenarios.

  • 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.

  • Keynote 3 - 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 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 highly motivational presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to Lollapalooza. 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."

  • Keynote 1 - Work, Laugh, Repeat

    Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. Despite 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!

Greg Schwem Videos

Greg Schwem | Hilarious Business Speaker Demo 2024
You Can't Quarantine Laughter | Hilarious Virtual Humor Demo

Greg Schwem Reviews

  • TMT Finance - Oct 05 2023

Greg Schwem News

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