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Greg Schwem

  • "Your boss's favorite comedian." - HuffPost
  • "King of the hill in the world of corporate comedy" - Chicago Tribune
  • Clean, customized laughs for any corporate event
Fee Range
$10,000 - $15,000
Traveling From
Chicago, IL

“Topical, timely, relevant to our business and, above all, wonderfully funny and entertaining” was just one recent review from a Greg Schwem keynote address. Indeed, professional associations and Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Motorola and McDonald’s have turned to Greg for a dose of clean, motivational humor in the midst of serious...

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“Topical, timely, relevant to our business and, above all, wonderfully funny and entertaining” was just one recent review from a Greg Schwem keynote address. Indeed, professional associations and Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Motorola and McDonald’s have turned to Greg for a dose of clean, motivational humor in the midst of serious conferences and struggles to keep employees mentally healthy. Greg’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, Comedy Central and the pages of Parade Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Schwem is also a best-selling author, nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune and even an award-winning greeting card writer.

Whether it’s delivering an uplifting and inspiring speech at any time of day, hosting an awards banquet or serving as a multi-day meeting event emcee, Greg Schwem will have audiences laughing throughout the day. No wonder HuffPost calls Greg “Your boss’s favorite comedian.”

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Greg Schwem in Media

Speaker Programs

If Laughter is Healthy, Why Aren't We All OK?
We all need to laugh at work. But is it okay to laugh at work? And about work? High profile incidents like the Will Smith slap and the Dave Chapelle Netflix controversy have the corporate ...more
We all need to laugh at work. But is it okay to laugh at work? And about work? High profile incidents like the Will Smith slap and the Dave Chapelle Netflix controversy have the corporate world talking about the role of humor in the workplace and the definition of “funny.” What Gen X finds uproarious, Gen Z might find “offensive” or “inappropriate” Who is correct? In a hilarious yet thought provoking presentation, renowned business humorist and award-winning Chicago Tribune humor columnist Greg Schwem challenges his audience to realize that curtailing humor in the workplace also stifles creativity, teamwork and employee wellness. For those who say, “we aren’t a funny company” or “this isn’t a good time for us to be laughing,” Greg disagrees. Using real world examples, Greg explores how companies have increased sales and overcome negative publicity through humor. Unlike speakers who dub themselves “humor experts,” yet provide no answers, Greg, a 30- year standup comedy veteran, offers suggestions for how to navigate this slippery slope while laughing the entire time. ...less
Work, Laugh, Repeat
Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. In spite of its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to ...more
Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. In spite of its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to laugh at work and about work. Audience members will put down their iPads and Blackberries and laugh along with Greg as he good-naturedly discusses topics such as Smart Phone abuse, social network overload, never-ending conference calls, "frequently" asked questions, and home office workers. His preparation includes company web site research, phone conferences and maybe even a personal visit! ...less
Rock, Roll, & Laugh Your Way to the Top!
Greg Schwem knows a thing or two about rock and roll. As a comedian who has opened concerts for stars ranging from Keith Urban, to Celine Dion, to Enrique Iglesias to (wait for it) KC ...more
Greg Schwem knows a thing or two about rock and roll. As a comedian who has opened concerts for stars ranging from Keith Urban, to Celine Dion, to Enrique Iglesias to (wait for it) KC And the Sunshine Band, Greg has seen how rock and roll is really a business. Like your business. In short? Every company and employee has "rock star" potential. Greg shows you how to achieve that potential in a presentation that combines hilarious comedy, live concert footage and a musical soundtrack featuring everything from classic rock to country to Lollapalooza. Topics include "Why Every Office Needs a Keith Richards," "Are you Team Taylor or Team Kanye?," and "Don't Let Your Company Become a Country Song." Rock on! ...less
Meeting emcee/video host
A good emcee needs to multitask. He must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 ...more
A good emcee needs to multitask. He must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 BAE Systems engineers to a three-day conference for 6,000 McDonald's restaurant managers, to a virtual webinar for IBM customers. He is equally at ease chatting with a company CEO live on stage, pronouncing (correctly) the names of awards recipients, or conducting humorous on-camera interviews with meeting attendees. ...less

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Reviews

More than a comedian. A brand ambassador

- IBM

Greg was a great way to kick off our meeting by releasing the tension of being back in person and everyone having to “re-learn” how to be around others after so many months of not traveling and social distancing.

- Selected Funeral Homes

As human resources professionals, our days are spent working through serious issues. It was such a breath of fresh air for our group to laugh at material we see everyday either in our lives or our workplaces

- Arizona School Personnel Administrators Assoc.

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