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Greg Schwem Business Humorist/Corporate Host
The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem, “King of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy" while HuffPost refers to him as, "Your boss' favorite comedian." Greg's humorous take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, the Huffington Post and the pages of Parade Magazine, along with opening concert slots for headliners including Celine Dion and Keith Urban. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, award winning greeting card writer and nationally syndicated humor columnist, recognized by his peers from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for outstanding humor writing in 2014. But Greg is first and foremost a corporate entertainer.
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, Motorola, Discover Card, IBM, Verizon Wireless, 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,” says Greg.
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.”
Greg'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 President Bill Dierberger. “I have never seen some of our corporate folks laugh as hard as they did.”
Besides customized material, Greg entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, Smart Phone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company. His second book, The Road to Success Goes through the Salad Bar: A Pile of BS (Business Stories) From a Corporate Comedian, was published in September 2015 by Motivational Press and quickly zoomed to Top Ten status in Amazon's Business/Humor category. Schwem is also 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.