King of the Hill in the World of Corporate Comedy

Greg Schwem
Speaking Fee: $10,000 to $20,000

Travels From: ORD - Chicago (All Airports)

Primary Topic Category: Comedy and Entertainment

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Greg Schwem At A Glance:

King of the Hill in the World of Corporate Comedy

Greg Schwem tells all his clients, “I’m here to make you laugh but, at the end of the day, I want to be your biggest cheerleader too!”  That approach is why the Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg “king of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy while HuffPost calls Greg, “Your boss’s favorite comedian.”  Indeed, Greg’s comedic take on the ever changing workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS RadioComedy Central and the cover of Exceptional People Magazine.  Clients such as Microsoft, Cisco, Southwest Airlines, McDonald’s and even The CIA have lauded his presentations, with one Fortune 500 client saying, “fantastic and just what everybody needed during this time.”  

More than just a business humor keynote speaker and sought-after corporate emcee, Greg is also an author and nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune.  His recent business travels have resulted in a hilarious web series, A Comedian Crashes Your Pad, currently streaming on Roku and Amazon Fire.  He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion, Jay Leno and Keith Urban.

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 presents, live or virtually, at whatever time of day, audiences will see and hear the following:

  • A heavily researched and customized presentation featuring material created with the help of Greg’s client.  Greg doesn’t “phone it in.”
  • Customized multimedia support that includes video, audio and screen grabs from a client’s website.
  • A motivational message that uses humor and real-world examples from actual companies that show the “do’s and dont’s” of succeeding in business and how to keep laughter in the workplace. 

In 2024 Greg became a cancer survivor. His presentations now include inspirational, and hilarious, stories detailing how someone who makes others laugh for a living deals with challenges of his own. 

When not on the road, Greg gives bicycle and walking tours of Chicago, his current home.

  • Humor is Serious Business…But We Should Still be Laughing

    Delivered live or virtually, this hilarious, yet at times controversial presentation challenges audience to realize that eliminating, or curtailing humor in the workplace environment also stifles creativity and teamwork. The Dave Chappelle/Netflix controversy and Will Smith “slap” incident have brought the subject of “what’s funny and who decides?” to the forefront of corporate conversation. For those who say, “we aren’t a funny company” or “this isn’t a good time for us to be laughing,” renowned business humorist Greg Schwem disagrees. Using real world examples, Greg explores how companies have increased sales and overcome negative publicity through humor. What one generation finds “offensive” or “inappropriate” might be deemed perfectly acceptable to another generation. Who is correct? Greg offers suggestions for how to navigate this slippery slope while laughing the entire time. He also shows how humor helped lift this country’s emotions during the COVID-19 crisis while helping businesses cope with the worst possible scenarios. Don’t believe that’s possible? Then you haven’t heard of the suburban Chicago restaurant that offered a free roll of toilet paper with every takeout order! This presentation is approved for SHRM credit.
  • Work, Laugh, Repeat

    Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business., live or virtually. Despite its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to laugh at work and about work, via a clean and heavily customized presentation. Audience members will put down their phones and laugh along with Greg as he good-naturedly discusses topics such as virtual meetings, business travel, "frequently" asked questions, and how everyone coped during a two-year lockdown. A leading financial software meeting planner remarked, after seeing Greg’s presentation, “I realize now we need to lighten up.”
  • Rock, Roll & Laugh Your Way to the Top! (Live)

    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 highly motivational 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."
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