- It’s fun. We’re all dead a long time, especially in the afternoons.
- It anchors your message, sometimes by sending it to the bottom of the harbour.
- An emotional catharsis that results from laughter is better than a budget meeting tantrum.
- The superiority/inferiority fulcrum swings both ways. Hierarchies are comedy’s natural enemy.
- Juxtaposing incongruous ideas results in humour, insight and transferable disruption.
- By lampooning weasel words and waffle, participants’ energy can be focused on real goals.
- It keeps your audience awake. Otherwise, your meeting may resemble a wake.
- It humanises the organisation, populating the abstraction.
- Better to having the bubble of bulldust pricked by a professional, than by every employee.
- Tell a joke, make a point.
- People remember humorous episodes – and associated messages.
- Promoting a sense of humour means promoting different ways of thinking, creating and doing.
- People will take you more seriously if you take yourself less seriously.
- Entertaining the troops enhances morale and productivity. And that’s just for the comedian.
- Humour is often the explosion of bringing disparate ideas together … good role modelling.
- Having a comedian say what everyone is thinking clears the air, deflating unhelpful tension.
- When people are laughing the organisation chart evaporates and the team appears.
- Work/life balance.
- Funny and serious are interdependent.
- Subtle humour can show the difference between organisational power and expertise.
- The in-house clowns may be encouraged to lift their game … or bow out gracefully.
- It sugars the pill.
- It stimulates conversation, breaks the ice, sets the tone – and allows clichés to be mocked.
- It shows confidence in the resilience of your organisation and its people.
- It makes your people memorable … in a good way.
- It’s a happier genre than tragedy – and leads to more optimism.
- Laughter is the best medicine. Except for penicillin.
- It’s a tool for qualitative research … the laugh-o-meter indicates what’s truly important.
- Even the wisest person likes a little nonsense now and then.
- It keeps clean comedians away from stand-up comedy venues, raising the tone of both places.
- Humour questions the status quo in an acceptable way, ventilating new ideas to open minds.
- It enhances the organisation’s values, vision, mission and strategy.
- It demonstrates the organisation’s values, vision, mission and strategy
- Humour is valuable at business events because it speaks truth to power.
- Comedy questions the existence of generally accepted beliefs, including:
- that only leaders lead
- that only managers manage
- that only executives execute
- that only workers work
- that only MBAs are qualified
- that public servants serve the public
- that customer service services customers
- that lawyers pursue justice
- that big pharma invents diseases for cures they own (oh wait, that right)
- that not-for-profit organisations are unprofitable
- that previous generations did things better then
- that people anywhere else do things better now, and
- that the word that is redundant as often as not.
Why a comic hoax speaker?
So, you’ve decided on comedy. Why choose the genre of the comic hoax?
… because a comic hoax speaker delivers smart, sophisticated, memorable and tailored fun.
There are many comedy performance genres, including:
solo comedy / the raconteur/ the humorist
sit-com (situation comedy)
rom-com (romantic comedy)
wit and wordplay
character comedy, and
the hoax … which includes all of the above!
When there is a budget for a keynote speaker – but you really want a comedian, hire a comic hoaxer … pretending to be both.