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.
Or that’s how it’s supposed to be anyway.
Awhile back our go-to babysitter bailed on us last minute. We thought about canceling our plans, but we were supposed to go to a new place downtown and we were both pretty excited. So we made a few calls in hopes of finding someone else. After a few minutes of frantic dialing, we enlisted the help of my wife’s friend’s daughter. We had never used her before, but she seemed to have a good head on her shoulders so we gave her a quick list of do’s and don’ts and headed out the door.
Thirty minutes after arriving at the restaurant, with our dinner on the way, we were rushing back home. It turns out Wife’s Friend’s Daughter had never actually done any babysitting and was in a little over her head (I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say my kids know a newbie when they see one).
What’s my point?
Well, I obviously don’t blame our sitter for what happened, she was inexperienced and didn’t know how to handle certain situations. However, that doesn’t change the fact that my evening went a little less well than I hoped.
Finding the right Booking Agency can be similar. If you don’t work with an agency that has experience, you might find yourself rushing around trying to solve a problem that never should have occurred. You need to find an agency you can trust; an agency that will not only hire the right entertainment for your event but hire entertainment that exceeds your expectations and the expectations of your guests; all while making the booking processes effortlessly simple.
With 25+ years of experience in the booking business, Funny Business is that Agency. We know our entertainers, we know our customers, and we know ourselves. We provide the best talent options in the business and we aren’t slow about it either. We do our research and put in the work so you won’t have to.
We make sure you aren’t rushing home halfway through dinner….
Now, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Every business says that they are the best….what makes you different?’
Well, any Agency can find a good review or two, right? The odds are someone somewhere has had a good experience with every single agency in the business. That is why I like to point to the feedback our individual employees have gotten. You can make your business look great with a few selective reviews, but making every individual at your company look great? That takes some time. Below are just a few examples of the personal feedback our agents have gotten.
“To say that Jamison goes above and beyond the “call of duty” is an understatement. Not only does Jamison have incredible and thorough knowledge of the comedy and entertainment industries, he has the ability to give great insight and input to overall event production and festival logistics. Jamison has been a key part of LaughFest’s success from day one – his talent and role extend further than the average “agent” or “booker.” He is able to creatively brainstorm and research, handle a myriad of details, and perhaps most importantly, assist in strategically planning for the sustainability and long-term vision of the festival. I couldn’t ask for a better colleague.”
– Joanne Roehm, Festival Director at Gilda’s LaughFest
“John is a trusted partner and outstanding talent agent. In the 8 years I’ve known him, my trust and confidence grew. John is very responsive, worked hard to understand who we were and the kind of talent that fit our company culture. I ran a major event with many facets and with John managing talent, I never had to wonder or worry about the talent. They showed up on time, performed beyond expectations, and there were never any financial surprises. I cannot say enough about John and his agency–Funny Business. They are the last agency you’ll ever need!!”
-Steven Ripley, Director of Communication Services with Gordon Food Service
“Eric is honest and forthright. I have always found him to be very helpful throughout the entire booking process and even after the gig. He doesn’t just send you out- he makes sure that he “builds” a relationship with you and the club and of course, Funny Business himself! His dad had a stellar reputation, and Eric carries that on!”
-Comedian/Executive Producer & creator of “A Standup Mother” on WETV
Booking With Experience
We pride ourselves on making the booking process simple, easy, and straightforward. We don’t like surprises anymore than you do (unless they are part of a performance). And from the testimonials above, I think it is safe to say that all of our staff members feel the same way. Your success is our success, so we are aiming to do whatever it takes to make your event perfect.
Hiring an inexperienced babysitter is one thing…..hiring an inexperienced booking agency is another. Where one inconveniences a single night, the other might inadvertently inconvenience a month or two of your life. Go with an Agency you can trust. Go with Funny Business.
Ready to book? If you think we are what you’re looking for in a booking agency, you can click below to start the booking process. We will get back to you within one business day with our top entertainment picks for your event.