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Harry Freedman's speaking fee falls within range: $5,000 to $10,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
In 40 short years, Harry Freedman MD, PhD, JD, has been a doctor, consultant, a top stockbroker and motivational speaker. He has been described as an expert in worker safety, bank regulation, health care, and stock forecasting, and has addressed top executives at Smith Kline Beecham, Kidder Peabody, Price Waterhouse, Dun & Bradstreet, Tucker Anthony, Philip Morris, and a host of other top companies nation wide. So how has this one man accomplished numerous successful lives within only one lifetime?
The real Harry Freedman is not actually a doctor or a lawyer, but a versatile comedian able to pass himself off as all of the above and numerous companies have hired him to do just that. Harry’s ingenious portrayals are a way to bring humor to annual meetings or conventions after days of tedious seminars, but even more importantly, spoof organizations’ own top executives, break down barriers, and make upper management and senior leadership seem more accessible.
Prior to his unique career as a fraud motivational speaker, Harry hit the mark in the stand-up comedy circuit, opening for comedic legends like Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, and Ray Romano. His experience writing and performing led him to collaborate with a friend in writing a comedy script for a corporate show, which sparked the idea for a whole new genre of motivational speaking – a genre that puts work issues and senior leadership into a new perspective via one of the most potent and universal techniques in existence: comedy.
Customized Comedy Put-ons, Emcee, Customized Videos
Perhaps the only individual ever to have been profiled in the business sections of The New York Times, Miami Herald, Newsday, and Int’l Herald Tribune, Harry Freedman will create the perfect fake industry expert for your group, that has everyone fooled until they are roaring with laughter!
With nearly three decades of professional comedy experience, from the clubs of Las Vegas to the corporate boardroom, Harry Freedman is a comic you can trust. As a speaker, he has performed for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, and is frequently rated ‘best speaker’ at conferences. As a stand-up comedian, Harry is often opening for Ray Romano; has appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond; and was a staff writer for Caroline’s Comedy Hour. Harry has also written and directed a short film, 30 Minutes, which received terrific acclaim at the NY Int’l Independent Film Festival.
In addition, Corporate Audiences enjoy Harry’s video shorts, where he interviews selected attendees (in character), to create a hilarious 8-10 minute piece played following his speech, as well as his humorous videographies of whole conferences. So when you think of finding the right performer to give your people a laugh-fest they will love and thank you for, two key words make all the difference: Harry Freedman!
Harry Freedman starts off the event as Dr. Schneider, best-selling author, popular Fortune 500 consultant, and health advisor to the White House. He promises that he is there to address some pressing issues that the group’s companies are currently facing.
“I realize a lot of you probably regard most consultants to basically be nothing more than a bunch of greedy selfish over analytical talking pseudo intellectual B.S. artists,” he refers to his character’s professional background. “And I don’t know how to tell you this, but by the time I get done tonight, I’m not going to do a whole lot to dispel that conviction.”
Harry Freedman’s brilliant ruses get even the toughest crowds of nitpickers banging on the table with laughter. He starts off playing his credible character straight, fooling the audience into believing that he is indeed a generic industry expert. However as he gradually begins to let one shocking statement after another slip out, audience members realize it’s an act and Harry’s “canned motivational speech” turns into a delightful surprise, breaking down barriers and bringing a sense of community to your group.
WHAT IS A CORPORATE COMEDY PUT-ON?
Harry is introduced as an industry expert and gets everyone Laughing, even as they believe he’s for real. Clients rave about Harry’s customization, so the audience goes in expecting a serious presentation and comes out relaxed and glowing.
CAN IT WORK FOR ANY GROUP OR ORGANIZATION?
ABSOLUTELY! Each of Harry’s put-ons is completely customized to the client’s need and situation. Sometimes the “spoof” takes the form of poking fun at a general topic you agree on with Harry; sometimes it’s poking fun at specific people that you and Harry select. In either case, you can rest assured it will be a hit with your group.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
...Posing as The Frugal Economist
In times of economic uncertainty like now, sure fire ways to keep your budget in check.
...Posing as an Expert on India and China
The incredible growth of both countries and their effects on the US economy, has made this a very hot topic. I recently portrayed a White House envoy to India and China in NY for 500 alumni of India’s prestigious Institute of Technology.
...Posing as a Political Spin Doctor
As a former campaign advisor, I reveal the inside secrets behind candidates decisions. (If only Rudy Guliani had listened to my advice, that the early states actually matter.)
...Posing as a Business Expert
... Posing as a Transportation Expert
...Posing as a Real Estate Expert
...Posing as a job Placement Expert
...Posing as a Technology Expert/Futurist
...Posing as a Health Care Expert
...Posing as a Banking/Financial Expert
...Posing as a Legal Expert
...Posing as a Food Industry Expert
...Posing as an Environmental Expert
...Posing as a Credit Card Expert
BONDING & TEAMBUILDING
“The laughter in the room and the atmosphere you created greatly helped our networking and collaboration mission. Your presentation was a great way to build team morale, break down social barriers, and have a few laughs after a long day.”
Richard Girgenti, KPMG: US Partner in Charge, Forensic
REENERGIZE PRODUCTIVITY & PERFORMANCE
“Everyone was pretty strained, as we were under serious licensing deadlines. You got everyone laughing so hard, we may have coaxed an extra week of overtime from our workers.”
Rich Kacich, Yucca Mountain Nuclear
DISTINGUISH FAKE VS REAL
“It was great watching their faces as they slowly realized you were an imposter. The laughter just flowed.”
Roy Winograd, VP, HUAL
TOP OF HIS FIELD
“Harry’s material and performance exceeded our expectations in every way. Our audience absolutely loved him.”
Jon Miller, Coca Cola
“Harry is a storyteller who takes the time to learn about his client and the audience and weaves his magical style into every word that leaves his mouth.”
Roberta Aronoff, TRMA Executive Director
“Your customization was terrific and I want to thank you for reviewing everything ahead of time.”
Sarah Wingfield, Choice Hotels
“People are still talking about your performance! You did a great job. Several are already looking at hiring you for other meetings.” Matt LauckEmerson Climate Technologies
“What a pleasure to experience your performance. It was obvious that you put a lot of time and effort into learning about both our company and some of the individuals. The feedback was very positive and thoroughly enjoyed by all.” Wendy Mingst: Doherty Enterprises
“We could not have asked for a better end to our conference. It was a huge success. Your delivery and timing were terrific. You successfully incorporated industry terminology that kept the illusion going. Many clients expressed interest in having you at their events. The video interviews were also key.”Dave Robbins-MMA Financial
“This is the second time I′ve used you, and the second time I′m extremely happy. Because, a lot of our customers and Servnet people saw you do a put-on 2 years ago, initially, I was concerned, but not only did you do a great job writing new material, the wig fooled everyone for you to pull off another hit. It was a terrific success.” Bob Mcconkey, Servnet
“Our conference guests loved you! You were terrific to work with – highly professional and very accommodating. I particularly appreciate that you previewed your material. Thank you for a great job!” Ellen Lockwald, Trizetto
“Harry, thanks for a great show!” Darlene McCalmont, Regrid Solar
“You did a great job at our annual Sr. Managing Director′s meeting, especially the way you made it specific to our people.” Roger Carlile, FTI Consulting
At KPMG Forensic, we are in the business of preventing and detecting fraud, and much to my surprise, you were able to fool our top-notch investigators. I particularly appreciate the time you took to achieve a high-level understanding of our people and business. Your presentation was a great way to build team morale, break down social barriers, and have a few laughs after a long day. Thank you again for a job well done.Richard Girgenti – KPMG: US. Partner in Charge, Forensic
Thank you for your exceptional work at our Event in Cabo San Lucas. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive! The research you did into our company was phenomenal. You were able to appropriately (and inappropriately) use our lingo in a hilarious way. The jokes about our people are still flying around in meetings and creating levity during potentially stressful times. I′m also especially glad I opted for the interview video. We fully enjoyed seeing our peers attempting to answer questions they had no clue how to address!Molly Thiel – VP: GB Home Equity
Your portrayal of a special advisor to the White House on airport and FAA matters was received with great enthusiasm, particularly because our attendees really were not sure whether your expertise was for real. Your timing, delivery and content, before a very sophisticated audience, were extremely humorous, topical, and tasteful. I would recommend you to any group that wishes to engage an extremely funny and intelligent humorist.Peter Wallis – Chairman: Calgary Airport Authority
Your incorporation of the information we gave you was perfect, evidenced by the amphitheater being filled with laughter! Everyone enjoyed it completely!Gloria Savage – Fiserv Atlanta
Your performance was a big hit!Debra Weiser – VP: St. Paul Travelers
Thank you for your entertaining presentation. We, as well as the conference attendees at our 14th World Captive Forum conference, thoroughly enjoyed the show.Lisa Ferrier – Conf. Coordinator: World Captive Forum
Your talk about the steamship industry took our people completely by surprise. It was great watching their faces as they slowly realized you were an impostor. The laughter just flowed! Your utilization of industry terms and key staff members was priceless. It was the perfect thing to follow a full day of dry meetings. I look forward to using you again soon.Roy Winograd – VP: HUAL
An old friend of Limba, Harry Freedman got up and did a comedy routine that quickly brought the crowd up to speed.Ernie Fazio – President: LI Men′s Business Assn
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