Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Schwem is also an author and nationally syndicated humor columnist. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Jay Leno and LeAnn Rimes.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead he became an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.
Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as Microsoft, and IBM. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” Greg recently told a reporter.
When Greg hits the stage he already has perused the company’s Internet site, combed the internal message boards and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. “There is no such thing as too much information,” Greg says. “I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just don’t give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that.” Greg’s preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit.
Customized Material from Past Shows: John Hancock: You sell the U.S. Global Leader Growth Fund. Is there a U.S. Regional Follower Growth Fund as well? Society of Actuaries: You use something called “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.” Does that mean you can fudge once in awhile? Bank Midwest: This is a family owned bank. What kind of family decides to open a bank? Were you sitting around the dinner table one night when Aunt Agnes said, “I think this family would be great at originating 86 million dollars in single family loans!”
Besides customized material, Greg entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, SmartPhone addiction, “frequently” asked questions and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company. In addition to his hefty speaking schedule, Greg writes a humor column nationally distributed by Tribune Media Services. He also is the author of "Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad." And yes, those are his kids on the cover.
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Humor, Entertainment, Technology, Customer Service, Emcee, Stress
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