You have a corporate event coming up and the decision has been made to get a comedian for the entertainment portion. This is a good thing – I like comedians. I am a clean corporate comedian. (Comedian: kəˈmēdēən, noun: comedian; plural noun: comedians, an entertainer whose act is designed to make an audience laugh.)
Sounds simple, but hire corporate comedian wrongly will frustrate the dictionary definition in your application and you could experience another showbiz word: bomb
/bäm/ verb: bomb; informal (of a movie, play, or other event), fail miserably. “the comedian hired for the corporate event bombed, event planner blamed” synonyms: fail, flop, fall flat, founder.
What to do? Hire the best corporate comedian. You’ve got $100,000.00 for the budget? Of course not. Hire the best corporate comedian for your specific event. Match the sensibilities of your group to the style of the corporate comedian. There are people that do mushy feel good stuff, and if your group likes to watch re-runs of Lawrence Welk (look up clips on Youtube, he was the opiate for the greatest generation back in the 60’s to drown out the sounds of revolution) then there you go. If they are really wound tight… well maybe a hypnotist. But if your company has a bit of an edge and management is competent, then there are corporate comedians that make people think and laugh about the business environment.
Be aware that most comedians want to get that corporate comedian work, but few really know how to connect with the culture. So many have spent their adult lives trying to avoid a regular job, so working at a desk and attending meetings often isn’t in their “wheelhouse”. Look at the clips, ask about previous corporate gigs, ask if they can use the word “wheelhouse” in a sentence. If you need a refferal check out Brian Longwell, he is a spectacular corporate comedian! Here is a short clip of his work.