When I was in college, I worked at a factory. Every morning at four o’clock a.m. I would rub the sleep from my eyes and slunk off to work. It. Was. Miserable. I hated every single minute of it, but three years after my first day, I was still heading off to the same depressing job. Why? Two reasons.
One of the hardest things about hiring a comedian is the anxiety that comes along with their jokes. The constant worry over whether or not offense might be given is too much to bear. With just a few words, your event could be ruined, so the question must be asked, is it really worth it to hire a comedian?
I was able to meet Maggie Faris for the first time at Gilda’s LaughFest. Maggie was one of several comedians selected to perform as part of the Best of the Midwest Showcase. Before that, the only communication I had with her was electronic.
If you are putting on a fundraising event you probably have 3 main goals:
Raise money for your group or cause
Leave your guests with a lasting, positive impression of your group
Spread awareness of your group or cause
Achieving one of these things seems doable, but all three of them? With one event how can you manage it all? The answer: live entertainment. All of the heavy lifting doesn’t have to fall on your shoulders; a skilled, professional entertainer can help you accomplish all of your goals. Below are four things live entertainment can bring to the table.
Convincing your committee that event entertainment is a good idea isn’t always the easiest thing to do. In lieu of the event itself (and the expenses that come with it), entertainment can seem wholly unnecessary. In order to gain committee buy-in on entertainment, you will have to be prepared with an overall plan
Here at Funny Business, we have come to realize something over the years. A lot of our potential clients aren’t aware of the benefits an entertainment agency can provide. It struck us as odd at first but it actually should have been a pretty obvious problem. If someone has never worked with an entertainment agency before, how would they know of its advantages? I mean, can you truly understand the benefit of a tool or resource if you haven’t used it?
So you are looking for a way to make your event one that will be talked about for years to come. You want your guests to not just be entertained, but to have the time of their lives! Suddenly you have a brilliant idea….you’ll hire some professional entertainment. After all, if anyone knows how to inspire a good time, it’s a professional, right? You start googling local magicians, comedians, but run into a new problem. You don’t know what entertainment is a good fit for your event.
Recently my colleague Jamison and I went to Auburn Hills for Fiat-Chrysler Automotive’s 25th Celebration of being in their new building. It was a really fun event to be a part of: there were live bands, roving super heroes, star war characters, and green screen photos. They even had a Lego Land for kids to build different cars to race. We helped book airbrush and glitter tattoo artists, face painters and roving magicians.
Recently my barber retired. If you don’t go to a specific barber or have a specific hairstylist, you probably don’t understand the full weight of what I just said. The man who has held a razor to my head for the last 10 years just decided he was done cutting hair.
I am pretty lost. I can’t trust some random stranger to cut my hair. I’ve seen Sweeney Todd, I know the risks. So what am I going to do?
Every Saturday night my wife and I have a date night. I don’t want to hear any “awws,” but it is normally the highlight of my week. The cell phones are put away, work is a forbidden topic of discussion, and the kids are someone else’s problem (joking…kind of). It is just me, my wife, and a delicious dinner.
Goonie’s Comedy Club will be hosting 3 nights of special shows with Hannibal Buress this coming week at Goonie’s Comedy Club in Rochester, MN. The last time Hannibal visited the club was in 2008. Shortly after that, Hannibal went on to become a writer on SNL, as well as appearing in numerous comedy specials and movies. Now regularly performing in theatres (as well as recently opening for Dave Chappelle in Grand Rapids, MI) – this is a great opportunity to see Hannibal live in an intimate setting.
Brad Wenzel is most known for his offbeat, one-liner comedy. His youth, unique writing style, and dry delivery set him apart from many up-and-coming comedians. Audience members have told him he sounds like Bill Clinton, Jimmy Stewart, and JFK. In short, he sounds weird. KnightArts.com described his act as, “not so much clean in content as very wholesome in its delivery.”
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