Searching for powerful entertainers like singers, comedians, magic acts and inspirational speakers to headline the entertainment at corporate functions can be tough without the assistance of a professional talent agency. Sure, you can go to a local radio station or simply Google for the name of a professional comedian or singer, but what are you getting? A pig in a poke, someone untested with no reliable references? That is too often the embarrassing truth.
Fortunately, the job of searching for qualified and powerful entertainers has been simplified. Now you can work directly online with a talent agency and view their stable of talent and their performances to select just the right act for your event. The Grable Group out of Nashville, a leading talent booking agency, has a large number of entertainers who perform nationwide year around.
7 of the Best Comedy Performers and Powerful Entertainers
Ron Pearson is an American actor, comedian and world record juggler who is highly sought by corporate planners for their company functions. An accomplished comedy juggler by the age of 15, Pearson left Seattle and took his street act south to Hollywood. Ron is an accomplished standup comic, has performed as the audience “warm-up guy” on numerous shows and has appeared in numerous comedic movies. In 2010, Pearson starred in the Disney Channel movie Starstruck, and was one of the three featured comedians in the DVD titled The Apostles of Comedy: Onward and Upwards.
Jeff Allen is best known for his film Happy Wife, Happy Life, Revisited. The American comedian began his career in 1978 in the comedy clubs of Chicago before gravitating to comedy film roles in such movies as Bananas, Thou Shalt Laugh, and Apostles of Comedy. Currently, he tours the country performing at corporate parties, conventions, comedy clubs and nonprofits. With over thirty-seven years of experience making people laugh, Allen is a proven and trusted professional.
Mark Schiff is a voice actor, comedian and comedy writer with experience in multiple television appearances. In the animated series 2 Stupid Dogs, he was the voice of the little dog. Schiff has also appeared in guest roles on shows such long-running shows as My Two Dads and Mad About You. His writing credential includes the funny and popular Blue Collar TV. With past appearances on the big three last night shows hosted by Carson, Leno, and Letterman, Schiff has plenty of material to keep his audiences in stitches.
Tom Cotter is a veteran of the professional comedy world, but being the runner-up of the seventh season of America’s Got Talent in 2012 gave him extensive exposure to the entire country. Having lost out to a dog act is part of his very funny routine. Cotter does have a record of other comedy awards, however, including Seattle’s International Stand-Up Comedy Competition in 1994 and winning the grand prize at the Boston Comedy Festival. His comedy is fresh and new, and he is already a favorite in corporate entertainment circles.
Adam Trent is billed as a multi-talented entertainer who combines magic, humor, dancing and music in his act. Trent loves to interact with his audience, making him a favorite with corporate event planners. Trent has been described as a combination Justin Timberlake and David Copperfield. A busy man on the entertainment circuit, Trent performs nearly 25 solo events each month and still manages to squeeze out time to appear in the Broadway show “The Illusionists – Live on Broadway.” Trent is one entertainer you will want to have back year after year.
Taylor Mason began his career playing college campuses through the NACA (National Association of Campus Activities). Starting in 1989, he appeared on more than 1500 college shows. During this period of his career, he also won two “Family Entertainer of The Year” awards. He augmented his college show career by making appearances on TV shows such as Comic Strip Live, Caroline’s Comedy Hour and MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour.
David Adkins, known professionally as simply Sinbad, has been a familiar face and name in comedy since the early 1980s. This name from the past is also a blast from the past, and he is funnier than ever. Sinbad started his stand-up career appearing on the Star Search TV show alongside fellow comic and political satirist Dennis Miller. From that strong appearance, he was cast on the famous Red Foxx Show. When that show ended, he was popular enough to earn his TV show for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Now he appears with a shaven head, looking much like former NBA star Charles Barkley, and continues to be a favorite on the corporate entertainment circuit.
The best part about searching for entertainment for corporate events online can do so from the comfort of your office. The Grable Group’s website features biographies of each performer in their stable of powerful entertainers. Information on each talent’s performance background, areas of expertise, the general format of their offerings, fees, and comedy videos are right at your fingertip. Even more important, you have a ringside seat when you watch videos of each entertainer’s stage act. Not only do you get a sampling of each entertainer’s style, material and delivery but you are also able to witness the crowd reaction. No fake laugh tracks allowed here. You are getting the feedback from a live audience, the ultimate test of the talent of powerful entertainers.