Everyone enjoys a good laugh. Right? But what’s funny to you may not be as funny to your guests. And what’s funny to a comedian may not be appropriate for your audience.
A lot of meeting planners shy away from booking comedians because of these exact fears. But, in fact, there are a lot of great comedic performers out there who understand and work successfully in the corporate market.
Booking a comedian for a corporate event can be rather tricky, which is why we at EPIC Entertainment go to great lengths to ensure your comedian options will be a good fit for you and your audience.
Here are 3 tips to think about when booking a comedian:
- Budget – The first major consideration when booking a comedian for your private event is obviously your budget. Be realistic. There is a reason why comedians are not “cheap.” Or, we should we say “good” comedians are not cheap. Seasoned professionals know the difference between the expectations of a corporate buyer versus what they can get away with in a “club” setting. A trustworthy comedian comes at a price, whether they have name recognition or not. At EPIC Entertainment we have worked with a range of comedians. From household names to names not as familiar. One such comedian is Marianne Sierk. http://epic1.com/portfolio/marianne-sierk/ Although not a household name (yet) Sierk is a great comedian who “gets” the corporate market. Marianne fine-tunes her “set” specifically for corporate audiences, making sure to touch on relevant and relatable topics without any “over the top zingers.”
- Audience – Speaking of audience: It’s very important to consider the make-up of your intended audience. Are you looking for someone everyone can relate to? Is your audience a specific gender? Is your group international? At EPIC Entertainment we make sure to ask these important questions. And, when it comes time to make an offer to a comedian, on your behalf, we make sure to specify the audience make-up. We also include information regarding the dynamic of your group including age ranges, gender distribution, and ethnic diversity (if applicable). A great corporate comedian who is always accommodating to our corporate group audiences is Henry Cho. Contact us for more information on Henry Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Consider Other Options -. If your budget is too restrictive or if it’s difficult to convince your buyer that a comedian would be perfect for your event, consider a magician or juggler. Usually at a more friendly “price point” these performers expertly weave comedy into their acts. At EPIC Entertainment our Virtual Roster is filled with affordable and unique alternatives.
On the other end of the spectrum, if you do find yourself with an accommodating budget for a “Headline Act” definitely consider a comedian! There are a lot of options and with minimal travel and technical rider needs your budget can go a lot further! Great headline comedians include Jay Leno, Bill Engvall, Paul Reiser, Jim Gaffigan, Sinbad, and the wildly popular Sebastian Maniscalco or Brian Regan just to name a few!
As Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day with out laughter is a day wasted.” At EPIC Entertainment we are here to help you navigate the comedy waters and to make sure that booking a comedian doesn’t leave the last laugh on you!