Being a superstar event manager is tough.
Every event you produce has to be better than your last. Perhaps you don’t even know how you’ll outdo yourself. Somehow, with creativity, perseverance, grit and… more creativity, you come up roses.
Phew. The super in superstar stays. For now…
Ever wish a hotbed of talent would just materialise and take the punishing legwork out of the search? Short of checking out our amazing talent, that is?
That’s exactly what we’re serving up here – eight of the best comedians you need to know about right now.
But first, let’s see some house rules…Mind the $%&'n language - house rules on booking #comedians for #events Click To Tweet
House Rule #1
Mind the $%&’n language
Some event planners avoid comedians like they do bad coffee – you want impact, not to wreck your day! For a switched-on comedian, editing out a string of expletives doesn’t mean diluting their content. The strength is in their material, the message if you like, not in the verbs surrounding it.
The key to a safe outcome is proper briefing. There are business-savvy comedians who moderate their language to ensure it’s always audience appropriate, and it’s up to us as event managers to communicate that early on.
It’s time for a rethink, because making people laugh has so much power:
- Engage people and create strong bonds with co-workers
- Relieve workplace stress to boost productivity of employees
- Help instill your messages in a fun and captivating way
House Rule #2
Rising star + your budget =
They say constraints can lead to really creative outcomes. Well, that teensy budget you’ve been handed might just kick creativity in the shins.
It’s time to look beyond the celebrity and those flavour-of-the-month entertainers. Just on the horizon is a herd of emerging talent that hasn’t quite hit the big time (yet). They love to work, they’re well priced, and they’re heading right for you!
And your budget will love you for it.#comedian + your budget = 💚 How to book a rising star for your #event. Click To Tweet
House Rule #3
Hit the festivals
The Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals are the place for new comedians to be seen. It can be a dream come true for event managers hunting down their next fabulous talent.
While festivals and comedy stores are veritable hot-beds for new talent, not all of it’s worthy of a place in your event, or even your time. In fact, some is pretty tragic.
The 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
When: 29 March to 23 April
The 2017 Sydney International Comedy Festival
When: 24 April – 21 May
Of course only a crazy person – or a comedy-addict with heaps of swag, no job, kids or responsibilities whatsoever – would try getting to all comedy events. There’s an easy solution though, a support company like Enhance can lead you straight to the perfect comedy fit for your event.
The 8 Best Comedians You’ve Never Heard Of*
Becky Lucas is delightfully funny and an exceptionally talented writer, now officially earmarked as a rising talent:
Becky’s solo shows sell out and she has supported headliners like Wil Anderson, Jim Norton and Joel Creasey. Like an iron fist in a velvet glove, Becky’s humour will hit you on the nose when you least expect it.
She’s super talented, fresh and in a class of her own.
Adam Rozenbachs is less newbie, more tried-and-true comedian on the up and up. You could say he’s paid his dues, having performed no less than eight Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He’s a firm favourite on the stand-up comedy circuit around Australia, and has supported big guns Dave Hughes and Adam Hills on national tours.
Adam’s been a regular on Spicks & Specks, as well as appearing on Dave Hughes’ Handy DVD, Mick Molloy’s The Nation, Rove [live] and more.
Catch Adam at the 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival in 3 for 1 Live @ The Comic’s Lounge with Dave Callan and Ben Lomas.
Ciel What do Prince, Madonna, Beyonce and Ciel have in common? They only need one name. In her own words, “my name is French for sky, just like Paris Hilton is French for has-been-skanky-ho.” Ciel is one of the hottest female comics to pop up on the Australian comedy scene.
She has versatility which works wonders for corporate events, with skills like:
- Stand-up comedy tailored to suit specific corporate audiences
- An accomplished MC
- Corporate trivia hosting
- Facilitating ‘hypotheticals’
Catch Ciel before everyone else does!
Rusty and Another Guy For more than twenty years, Rusty Berther was one half of Australia’s favourite musical comedy The Scared Weird Little Guys.
Rusty recently paired up with another guy, accomplished musical theatre performer Mike McLeish aka Paul Keating from Keating the musical. The pair parody well-known songs with fabulously quick wit and clever improvisations through their upbeat music and beautiful harmonies.
Undeniably funny and talented, this duo will deliver, and with custom material!
Joel Ozborn was first spotted by 2day FM, winning the 1998 “street performer of the year” at the Sydney Opera house. Akmal Saleh took Joel under his wing from a young age, and he supported American Arj Barker in a standout season of Sydney performances.
Joel’s an experienced comedy festival performer, with sellout shows at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Cracker Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has incredible flair for improvisation, is brilliant at physical comedy and is sure-fire bet for cracking up stressed and burnt-out corporates.
Lawrence Mooney – yes we know, he’s been around for a while, but he has kept a pretty low profile until recently. Lawrence is a master of polished subtlety with beautifully woven tales. He’s relentlessly funny and will have your audience in not-so-subtle stitches.
And he comes loaded with a bunch of awards:
You may recognise Lawrence from his cameos on ABC-TV’s Dirty Laundry Live, Agony Uncles, Agony of Life and Agony of Modern Manners.
Lawrence uses his trademark brilliance when he transforms into Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. [LINK]
Damien Power’s raw, assured style earning him two back-to-back Barry Award nominations in 2015 and 2016; got him nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Show Award 2015/2016. He took out the Director’s Choice Award in 2016.
He’s in the underground cult-hit True Australian Patriots, and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering). He’s had his own segment on The Project and appeared on a string of ABC-TV comedies.
Damien takes a lighthearted look into human behaviour with energy and thigh-slapping hilarity. His insightful, superbly-crafted material is a hit with audience from all backgrounds.
Rhys Nicholson Can you believe it? We have another multi-award-winning up-and-comer to tell you about. Hailing from Newcastle NSW, Rhys is known for his uber-sharp social commentary, with some impressive notches in his belt:
Rhys Nicholson is a comedian with a conscience. In 2016 he showed his support for marriage equality by marrying Zoe Coombs Marr (they’re both gay). His wry style is gorgeous fun for corporate audiences because he touches on subjects we can all relate to.
So there you have it – fresh, funny ideas for your next production. Your audience will laugh, cry, laugh-cry, and be swept away by these gemsicles*.
They’ll leave with a smile on the dial, feeling 10x better about themselves, their colleagues and the company they work so damned hard for.
It’s a win-win.
And your superstar legacy continues…
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