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The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem "King of the Hill" in the growing world of corporate comedy. Indeed, his client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald's, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines, and Cisco Systems. If your company or association wants to laugh at today's fast-paced business world, look no further than Greg Schwem and "Comedy With a Byte."
A graduate of Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Mr. Schwem never envisioned a career in comedy. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. However, the comedy bug bit him hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his 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! Comedy With a Byte was born.
Greg Schwem's show provides a hilarious look at today's corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. What sets him 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. He says, "That's never been a part of my show anyway."
When Mr. Schwem hits the stage, he already has perused the company's Internet site, combed the internal message boards, and even sifted through numerous PowerPoint presentations. He says, "There is no such thing as too much information." "I know corporate audiences like to laugh at themselves so the more ammunition I get, the funnier it will be. Just do not give me a 10-K report. There is NOTHING funny about that."
Greg Schwem's preparation always includes a conference call with company executives and, in some cases, an onsite visit. The personal touch strikes a chord with clients. "The fact that you came up to our facility beforehand to get a feel for our culture and how we operate proved to be very beneficial, " said Skyline Display Sales VP Bill Dierberger. "I have never seen some of our corporate folks laugh as hard as they did."
After a performance for the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Human Resources VP Barbara Low said, "Your comments and insights were spot on, relevant and incredibly funny. Our employees wanted more!"
Besides customized material, Mr. Schwem entertains audiences with stories about tedious business meetings, Blackberry addiction, "frequently" asked questions, and his fascination with the American Girl Doll company.
Today Schwem performs close to 100 corporate dates a year. He also is the author of Text Me If You're Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad. Moreover, yes, those are his kids on the book's cover.
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