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    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.

    Chicago Magazine calls Greg Schwem “America’s favorite corporate funnyman.” The Chicago Tribune proclaimed Greg “king of the hill” in the growing world of corporate comedy. Indeed, Greg’s 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, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedybug 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 McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. 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? Try giving your kids a generally accepted curfew of midnight and see what time they come home!

    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 weekly 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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    Work, Laugh, Repeat

    Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. In spite of its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to laugh at work and about work. Audience members will put down their iPads and Blackberries and laugh along with Greg as he good-naturedly discusses topics such as Smart Phone abuse, social network overload, never-ending conference calls, “frequently” asked questions, and home office workers. His preparation includes company web site research, phone conferences and maybe even a personal visit!

    Eight Simple Rules for Survival

    A humorous and motivational talk that encourages audience members to look inside themselves and see how they can perform more efficiently. Along the way Greg tackles the pros and cons of social networking sites such as Facebook, why using photos to tout your products can backfire, why the American Girl Doll company is so successful and why Costco is superior to its main rival Sam’s Club when it comes to customer service. (Hint: It has something to do with death). Eight Simple Rules for Survival is ideal for sales groups and any organization looking to boost performance.

    One Against Three…And The Dog Makes Four

    Based on Greg’s blog of the same name and his hilarious book, Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad, this presentation takes a humorous look at the serious topic of raising kids in a confusing digital world while discussing the effects that technology may be having on today’s youth. Perfect for education groups and family organizations, Greg makes the program interactive by asking audience members to recount their worst “parent vs. child” technology incidents and then encourages discussion.

    Meeting Emcee/Video Host

    A good emcee needs to multitask. He must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 BAE Systems engineers to a three-day conference for 6,000 McDonald’s restaurant managers, to a virtual webinar for IBM customers. He is equally at ease chatting with a company CEO live on stage, pronouncing (correctly) the names of awards recipients, or conducting humorous on-camera interviews with meeting attendees.

    Comedy With a Byte

    Just want some entertainment during the day or evening? Greg has over 20 years experience as a stand-up comedian and can turn your meeting space into a comedy club with a routine that combines company information with hilarious real life stories, audience interaction and technology.



Greg Schwem Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    Washington Mutual
    Sprint PCS
    AT&T Wireless
    McDonald’s
    Motorola Siemens
    Amway
    Echostar Communications
    Adelphia Cable
    Ameritech
    Insurance Regulatory Examiner’s Society
    North Central Electrical League
    E-Talk
    Wall Street Financial Group
    CheckFree Corp.
    Nationwide Insurance
    Sallie Mae
    Carquest
    Iowa City, Iowa Chamber of Commerce
    Springfield, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
    Bismarck, ND Chamber of Commerce
      Food Services of America
    Comerica Bank
    Insight Communications
    ADC Telecommunications
    Midwest Hardware Association
    Southern Gas
    Electric Boat Association
    Office Depot
    Marriott International
    Maryland Hi-Tech Council
    FirstLogic
    Illinois Farm Bureau
    Horace Mann Insurance
    SunGard Trust Systems
    New York State Telecommunications Assoc.
    Illinois Telecommunications Assoc.
    Fair Issac Software
    Cox Communications
    Longs Drug Stores
    National Assoc. of Realtors
    Spalding Sporting Goods




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    Washington Mutual
    Sprint PCS
    AT&T Wireless
    McDonald’s
    Motorola Siemens
    Amway
    Echostar Communications
    Adelphia Cable
    Ameritech
    Insurance Regulatory Examiner’s Society
    North Central Electrical League
    E-Talk
    Wall Street Financial Group
    CheckFree Corp.
    Nationwide Insurance
    Sallie Mae
    Carquest
    Iowa City, Iowa Chamber of Commerce
    Springfield, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
    Bismarck, ND Chamber of Commerce
      Food Services of America
    Comerica Bank
    Insight Communications
    ADC Telecommunications
    Midwest Hardware Association
    Southern Gas
    Electric Boat Association
    Office Depot
    Marriott International
    Maryland Hi-Tech Council
    FirstLogic
    Illinois Farm Bureau
    Horace Mann Insurance
    SunGard Trust Systems
    New York State Telecommunications Assoc.
    Illinois Telecommunications Assoc.
    Fair Issac Software
    Cox Communications
    Longs Drug Stores
    National Assoc. of Realtors
    Spalding Sporting Goods


    Work, Laugh, Repeat

    Perfect for any group that needs a humorous break from the serious side of business. In spite of its therapeutic qualities, laughter is often absent from the business environment. Greg shows it is possible to laugh at work and about work. Audience members will put down their iPads and Blackberries and laugh along with Greg as he good-naturedly discusses topics such as Smart Phone abuse, social network overload, never-ending conference calls, “frequently” asked questions, and home office workers. His preparation includes company web site research, phone conferences and maybe even a personal visit!

    Eight Simple Rules for Survival

    A humorous and motivational talk that encourages audience members to look inside themselves and see how they can perform more efficiently. Along the way Greg tackles the pros and cons of social networking sites such as Facebook, why using photos to tout your products can backfire, why the American Girl Doll company is so successful and why Costco is superior to its main rival Sam’s Club when it comes to customer service. (Hint: It has something to do with death). Eight Simple Rules for Survival is ideal for sales groups and any organization looking to boost performance.

    One Against Three…And The Dog Makes Four

    Based on Greg’s blog of the same name and his hilarious book, Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad, this presentation takes a humorous look at the serious topic of raising kids in a confusing digital world while discussing the effects that technology may be having on today’s youth. Perfect for education groups and family organizations, Greg makes the program interactive by asking audience members to recount their worst “parent vs. child” technology incidents and then encourages discussion.

    Meeting Emcee/Video Host

    A good emcee needs to multitask. He must keep the event moving, be adept at improvisation and work efficiently with all participants onstage. Greg Schwem has hosted everything from a one-hour awards ceremony for 200 BAE Systems engineers to a three-day conference for 6,000 McDonald’s restaurant managers, to a virtual webinar for IBM customers. He is equally at ease chatting with a company CEO live on stage, pronouncing (correctly) the names of awards recipients, or conducting humorous on-camera interviews with meeting attendees.

    Comedy With a Byte

    Just want some entertainment during the day or evening? Greg has over 20 years experience as a stand-up comedian and can turn your meeting space into a comedy club with a routine that combines company information with hilarious real life stories, audience interaction and technology.



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