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Greg Schwem

Corporate Funnyman

Biography

The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem “king of the hill” in the growing world of corporate comedy. Indeed, Schwem’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines, and Cisco Systems. If your company or association wants to laugh at today’s fast-paced business world, look no further than Greg Schwem. Read More >

A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Schwem never envisioned a career in comedy. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Schwem hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his 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! Comedy with a Byte, now Schwem’s most requested presentation, was born.

Schwem’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. 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,” says Schwem.

When Schwem hits the stage he already has perused the company’s website, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Schwem 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.”

Schwem’s preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit. The personal touch strikes a chord with clients. “The fact that you came up to our facility beforehand to get a feel for our culture and how we operate proved to be very beneficial,” said Skyline Display Sales Vice President. “I have never seen some of our corporate folks laugh as hard as they did.”

After a performance for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Human Resources Vice President said, “Your comments and insights were spot on, relevant, and incredibly funny. Our employees wanted more!” Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Introducing Greg Schwem

The Idea of Meetings

Comedy with a Byte

Speech Topics

Comedy with a Byte

Greg Schwem brings more than 20 years of stand-up comedy experience to an event. His performance takes a hilarious look at today’s work environment and the technology tools we can’t live without.  Following shows, audience members often approach him and say, “Thanks, we needed that” or “It’s always nice to laugh at ourselves.” Schwem customizes each presentation through extensive Internet research, a questionnaire, and a follow up conference call with his client. That’s why audience members also say, “You really did your homework.” Besides clean customized humor, audiences hear material about “corporate” topics such as Blackberry addiction, indecipherable PowerPoint slides, and Schwem’s love-hate relationship with Twitter.

Eight Simple Rules for Survival

A humorous yet motivational talk, Eight Simple Rules for Survival encourages audience members to look inside themselves and see how they can perform more efficiently. Along the way Schwem tackles the pros and cons of social networking sites such as Facebook, why using photos to tout your products can backfire, and why Costco is superior to its main rival Sam’s Club when it comes to customer service. (Hint: It has something to do with death). Eight Simple Rules for Survival is ideal for sales groups and any organization looking to boost performance.

High-Tech Comedian, Low-Tech Dad

Based on Schwem’s blog of the same name and his hilarious book, Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad, this presentation takes a humorous look at the serious topic of raising kids in a confusing digital world while discussing the effects that technology may be having on today’s youth. Perfect for education groups and family organizations, Schwem makes the program interactive by asking audience members to recount their worst “parent vs. child” technology incidents and then encourages discussion.

Meeting Emcee / Video Host

A good emcee needs to multitask: he or she 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.

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