Clean Comedian Keynote Speaker for Corporate and Charity Events in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County and surrounding areas. That means you, Jersey.
Also great for houses of worship, awards dinners, government and military groups, alumni associations, country clubs, fund-raising events, law firm client events and even private parties.
I’ve been a professional stand-up comedian for more than eighteen years. Before that I was a banker. I attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in marketing and economics. Unlike most of my classmates I had no interest in finance. I wanted to work in marketing. Alas I rather sucked at job interviews and ended up in finance. Strange, I know. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. I went on a date with a woman who talked me intro trying stand-up comedy. I started by taking the course she recommended. Six years later I said adios to the day job and started working full-time as a comedian. Or as I sometimes like to refer to what I do for a living, standing on a box and talking into a stick.
Having gone to Penn for four years I’m familiar with Philadelphia, even though my mom doesn’t love Dietz & Watson, I’m not sure if Big Marty Really Does Sell Carpet Cheaper and I will never go on record expressing a preference for a particular cheesesteak place. I understand that whiz is the appropriate cheese for a cheesesteak but I just can’t bring myself to order it anymore. Provolone is good, American cheese is okay. With, of course.
I’ve been profiled in The New York Times and my group The Ivy League of Comedy was profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Yes, that was a long time ago. I’ve been a comedian for almost two decades. Lots of other press about me on my Press Page.
About my shows
Now I get paid to make jokes about my former employer, about job interviews, and anything else that’s happened to me that I can make funny. If you’ve ever gotten a parking ticket in the City of Philadelphia you have to hear my story about that. Other important things I sometimes mention on stage include Dr. Ruth, serving on jury duty in NYC, comedy in Northern Ireland, my top-notch head of hair, a South African safari (giraffes are cool and hippos are mean) and why my DNA says I’m a dog. Also my parents, dating, and touring as a comedian performing on five continents. Don’t be that impressed- everybody starts with one, and there are two I haven’t gotten to yet. And yeah, I actually tried really hard to get to perform on Antarctica.
If you want to see what I’m like on stage watch my stand-up comedy videos. Like I said at the top of the page my shows are also great for houses of worship, awards dinners, government and military groups, alumni associations, country clubs, fund-raising events, law firm client events and even private parties.
I can be either a live keynote speaker or a virtual keynote speaker. I’m not a motivational speaker. I won’t get people riled up but I will get them laughing for my entire time on stage. If I tell my story about fighting a parking ticket in Philadelphia I may get people excited to fight for justice. Okay, parking ticket justice. Hey, everybody’s got to start somewhere. So if you want to call me a keynote speaker that’s fine with me. As long as I get paid to make people laugh I’m happy. And you will be too.
Your audience will arrive full of enthusiasm for my keynote speech because I can provide you with video of me on stage that you can share with them in advance. They will depart happy and grateful and will be talking about the event for days if not weeks.
I have hours of material so I should be able to link my keynote address to the theme of your event. With a business background I may understand your industry quite well, especially if it’s banking or finance (I was a banker for 20 years before becoming a full-time stand-up comic), accounting (my father was an accountant and I have accounting jokes and stories), advertising or marketing (I majored in marketing at Wharton), insurance (I was an actuarial assistant for a couple of years), aviation (I’m a licensed, instrument-rated pilot) or boating (former rower and dragon-boat racer and I have a rather useless New York State boating license).
Also law. Though I’m not an attorney lots of people seem to think I’m one. I served for 17 months on a federal grand jury, I have at least one pro-lawyer joke and I am 1-0 representing myself in New York State Supreme Court. I sued a home improvement contractor and beat the heck out of a trial attorney using the two most powerful weapons in my arsenal: humor and sarcasm. I also wrote an article for the New Jersey Law Journal on attorneys who became comedians. And in addition to not being an attorney I’m also not from New Jersey.
I love answering audience questions after a keynote speech. It gives me the chance to be spontaneously funny, to learn about what audiences are curious about, to tell stories that are fun and funny but don’t necessarily fit into either a stand-up routine or keynote speech. Audiences love it too. It’s like a backstage pass for them.
One thing to note: I speak. I may pace a bit. I tell jokes and very funny stories. I don’t use Powerpoint. I don’t need slides. Just a good sound system with a hand-held microphone (not a mic stuck to a lectern). Proper lighting also helps.
Back before I was a comedian I was a banker and was chosen to be the keynote (closing) speaker at an international conference on risk management. The speakers before me were from more prestigious companies. They had a lot of data to present and used a lot of slides. This was a bit anxiety-inducing until I realized that their extensive, detailed data and slides were a drawback. It was too much detail and was both rote and confusing. I was the opposite- I had a case to present that was both interesting and easy to understand. Nobody was distracted or confused during my talk. I was the one who drew the most questions because I held their interest. And yes, I was invited back to be the keynote speaker again the next year.
How to hire me
Happy to answer any questions. It’s one way I can learn more about what people are looking for and what their concerns are. I’m inexpensive because I’m not greedy. I like to perform. Email Shaun (at) Brain Champagne dot com, or call or text me at (914) it’s-funny (914) 487-3866.