An Interview with Comedian Sydney Adeniyi

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In August of 2016, Sydney Adeniyi made the courageous leap from working at a regular day job to actively pursuing his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.

Since his first performance at a venue in Belleville, IL, he has performed professionally hundreds of times at some of the nation’s top colleges, comedy clubs, and comedy festivals.

Read our interview with Sydney Adeniyi to hear his advice to event planners,  learn more about his style of humor, what drives him, and what he likes to joke about.

4 Reasons You Need Entertainment at Your Fundraiser

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From helping to raise money and awareness for worthy causes to boosting employee engagement, morale and even retention rates in some cases, workplace fundraisers account for approximately $4 billion in annual charitable giving according to industry data. But a successful fundraiser involves more than asking for a donation or selling tickets or merchandise to raise funds. Like any transaction, fundraising also involves relationship building that will add both value to the event and organization, and reward donors and guests for their generosity and commitment to the cause.

Whether your event is designed to raise funds and awareness for education, the environment, or medical issues, offering entertainment like comedians and variety acts can help elevate your fundraiser to the big leagues.

How Live Entertainment Can Help Market Your Fundraiser

How live entertainment can help market your fundraiser

 

Americans donated $373 billion to charity in 2015 — a 4 percent increase from the previous year. Fun runs, auctions, galas — all of these events raised money for good causes. Live entertainment was a fixture at many of them as bands, DJs and motivational speakers charmed donors. Stand-up comedy was another popular draw. Planning a charity drive of your own? Here’s how live entertainment can market your fundraiser event.

What Soccer Can Teach You About Hiring a Comedian

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I am a huge soccer fan. I play on 4 teams a week and usually spend my Saturday and Sunday mornings watching the English Premier League.

I’ve been playing on and off, competitively and recreationally, since I was about four years old. Playing a sport typically teaches someone things that are applicable to other areas of their lives, and soccer is no exception.

So, what can soccer teach you about hiring a comedian?

How to Choose a Clean Comedian for a Fundraiser

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Hiring a clean comedian for a fundraiser can be tricky, especially if you don’t have much experience. Finding the right entertainer for any type of event requires careful consideration before coming to a final decision.  Comedians can vary greatly from squeaky clean, PG, and to very offensive. Carefully consider what entertainment agency you might work with and which comedians you intend to hire.

4 Things That Make Gilda’s LaughFest the Best Comedy Festival in the Country

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I’m a little biased, but I think that Gilda’s LaughFest is the best comedy festival in the country.

Well, technically it’s not just a comedy festival, but a festival of laughter.

The festival aims to celebrate all things funny by including stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy performances, in addition to funny films, a FUNdearwear run, lip sync contests and more (seriously, there’s a ton of stuff. Go to LaughFest Events Page to see).

Gilda’s LaughFest is a big deal. It’s a 10-day festival in the heart of Grand Rapids, MI that has attracted an average of 50,000 people to West Michigan each year.