Last updated on December 13th, 2017 at 08:25 pm
There’s almost nothing more subject to personal preference than humor. When it comes to making people laugh things are either funny, or they are not, and a lot of the time pleasing one type of crowd means alienating another.Work-related events present an even more challenging audience since the workplace is undoubtedly filled with people of very different backgrounds.
To successfully entertain a diverse crowd, you need a higher level of a performer than your typical small time stand up. You need someone whose jokes have a broad appeal so that your audience response will not be a mixed bag of guffaws, weak chuckles, and polite smiles. These five comedic corporate entertainers would all make for extremely funny conference openers.
Kick Off Your Event with Funny Conference Openers
Bob Stromberg is a physical comedian that relies on visual gags, such as shadow puppets, his staircase routine and other inventive ways of playing a trick on the audience’s eyes. His family-friendly focus on sight gags and the occasional story makes him an excellent choice for any event where people of sensitive sensibilities or children might be present.
At first glance, John van der Put or Piff the Magic Dragon as he likes to be called, seems a bit strange. He is a snarky Englishman wearing a dragon costume that looks like children’s pajamas. Luckily, Piff capitalizes on his unusual appearance to make his act truly unique. His mixture of self-deprecating humor, deadpan delivery, non-sequitur and magic tricks would make for some very funny conference openers, especially with his tendency to riff a bit.
Similar to Piff, Jeff Hobson is another comedic magician with a sparkly outfit, albeit more normally dressed in his tuxedo. Hobson is closer to what you would expect from a magician, heavily relying on card tricks, mystique and audience participation. He also has a tendency to tell jokes during the set up for his skills to keep audiences entertained. A quick talker with flamboyant physicality, Hobson knows how to work a crowd with awe-inspiring tricks and quick wit.
Comedian and actor Ron Pearson is more of a classic entertainer, relying on jokes and feats of physical coordination such as juggling, unicycles and balancing acts to wow audiences. Pearson also includes audience members in his act by bringing them on stage and riffing on their appearances, making for some genuinely hilarious moments.
Tom Cotter, a veteran of the Boston stand-up scene, manages to cram tons of quick jokes into his comedy sets. Cotter’s comedy routines are kind of like watching Airplane or The Naked Gun. His rapid-fire delivery and excellent comedic timing from years of stand-up make Cotter an excellent choice for any event with an intelligent adult crowd. He is guaranteed to have some funny conference openers.