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Jan  McInnis

Jan McInnis

Veteran Comedy Emcee & Professional Speaker

Jan McInnis

Veteran Comedy Emcee & Professional Speaker


Jan McInnis is a keynote speaker, comedian, comedy writer, and Master of Ceremonies. For 20+ years she’s traveled the country as a keynote speaker and comedian sharing her unique and practical tips on how to use humor in business (yes it’s a business skill!). She has written for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show monologue as well as many other people, places and groups – radio, TV, syndicated cartoon strips, guests on the Jerry Springer show (her parents are proud). She's also been featured in the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post for her clean humor, and she's the author of 2 books.

She combines her clean humor with customized material for all groups, becoming a big hit with meeting planners and audiences. McInnis was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the top convention comedians whose material is not offensive and in the Washington Post for her clean comedy writing. She believes life is full of “finding the funny,” and the audiences who continually rate her programs “hilarious” wouldn’t have it any other way.

Inspired by fifteen years as a marketing director in the 9 to 5 world, McInnis has cornered the association and corporate convention market. In addition, over the years on the full-time speaking circuit, she has spoken at hundreds of conferences, training sessions, employee retreats and banquets held by such groups as Anthem Blue-Cross, Merrill Lynch, John Deere, the Federal Reserve, Women in Insurance & Financial Services and the Mayo Clinic. 

Born in D.C., McInnis majored in communications at Virginia Tech, where she was a disk jockey for the local radio station. She is the author of Finding The Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers and Crowds. McInnis believes that learning doesn’t have to be boring, and in her speeches, provides audiences with practical tips on handling life’s curveballs. Her creative guidelines to mastering change are taken from her own experiences of leaving the cushy “regular” job and heading out into the bumpy road of comedy.

Speaker Videos

Business Keynote Speakers | Why Use Humor in Business

Funny Female Motivational Speakers | Change Keynote

Motivational Keynote Speaker | Humor and Your Health

Keynote: Bouncing Back Handling Setbacks Like a Comedian

Comedian Emcee host Jan McInnis

Best Keynote Speaker | Clean Comedy

Finding Funny in Communications

Speech Topics


Get ready to transform the way you and your team deal with change! The pace of change is faster than ever, leaving many leaders and organizations feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. In Jan’s electrifying keynote, “Finding the Funny in Change,” she shows your attendees how to turn tension into laughter and get your point across with ease. She’ll equip your team with the humor tools to diffuse tension instantly, initiate those tough conversations, and facilitate communication through using well-placed, appropriate humor. By using Jan’s tips, your attendees will not only keep their teams more engaged, but also more likely to remember their message.

Your group will walk away with a fresh perspective on change, and best of all, they’ll be laughing all the way to the next level of success. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring a unique and unforgettable experience to your team. Book Jan as your keynote speaker now and get set to find the funny in change together!


Use the power of humor in your marketing message to sell your product/service/idea, keep your audience engaged, connect with clients and coworkers, and make your message memorable. Humor in business IS NOT about being a comedian OR writing Jokes. It IS one more tool in your marketing toolbox to grab your audience’s attention and get your business to stand out. In this fun and interactive keynote Jan shares easy-to-implement tips and tricks that anyone can use to add some zing to their marketing. She uses real-life examples from her experience as well as from her audience to show quick ways to make their message more engaging with humor. She’ll also toss in a few “rules” so that you have some guidelines for using humor appropriately.


In this keynote Jan offers a big dose of her humor, as well as some tips on humor and health – some of the research (they’re finding out that laughing actually burns calories!) and the benefits for using humor. She’ll also toss in some quick tips on finding the humor in your life. This is a fun and light keynote that connects well with the attendees, as they laugh a lot and get a few take-away tips.


Bouncing back. That's the key in life. Whether it's personally or professionally, we all hit bumps in the road when things go “not as planned.” Comedians know this more than anyone because they have a very high-profile job. And when something goes wrong, it needs to be fixed fast and on the spot. In this fun and informative keynote, Jan offers tips and insights on dealing with life's pitfalls – how to avoid, handle, and recover from them -  so you can move through these challenging situations. Don’t let blunders and mishaps hinder your future success! This keynote is based on Jan’s book, Convention Comedian:  Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs.


Make your event memorable by having Jan emcee! She can keep the show rolling, handle any problems, and assure that everyone stays engaged – even the people who AREN’T winning awards. Jan mastered her techniques hosting hundreds of shows, because she started out in the most challenging of venues – comedy clubs! Jan will also find out the scoop on your group and have some fun with the challenges they are dealing with. give yourself a break and leave it to Jan to run the show.

Cubicle Comedy

If you want a clean, hilarious comedy show kicked off with a few customized jokes written just for your group, then this is the way to go! Jan will keep everyone laughing about work (she spent 15 years in a regular marketing job), kids (none of her own, but lots of nieces and nephews), and day-to-day “stuff,” AND she’ll collect info on your group to kick off the show with a few jokes about them! Jan was featured in The Wall Street Journal as one of the top convention comedians who are clean and in The Washington Post for her clean humor writing. She’s performed for hundreds of groups, including the Mayo Clinic, Pep Boys, Fidelity National Title Group, and Anthem Blue Cross.