Michael Richards is an idiot. And probably a racist idiot. (In case you’ve been in a cave, comedian Michael Richards (Seinfeld’s “Kramer”) Michael Richardstore into some hecklers with some high-octane racial slurs. The whole thing was caught on a cell-phone-video. And in the back of the stage you can clearly see the Laugh Factory logo. (They must be horrified.)

Here is a comedian who had all of the fame he needed (and more.) And with one bad trip to the comedy club ruined his career. (I wouldn’t hire him again; would you?)

What’s the message from this? What’s the point? I have a couple of thoughts. First, this episode proves why corporate and business meeting planners need to look for corporate comedians, not just comedians. Richards used THE single most insulting words over and over again. And this is plenty to end the comedian’s career. But if you look at the video, even the words that people are NOT writing about are bad enough to ruin any single business convention.

Why should you book clean corporate comedians for your next event? Among other reasons, you can be assured that you won’t have any cell-phone-video circulating around the world with YOUR logo in the back. (Can you imagine if the logo was IBM or Samsung? Oye!)

My second point is that I worry for immediate future of clean corporate comedians. (Even me.) Richards might make meeting planners worry about even the most experienced and credentialed clean corporate comedian, and that’s a shame. Business audiences today need a laugh more then ever; but Michael Richards might make the buyers too nervous to pll the trigger.
Sorry Michael, but you blew it. The good news is that your rant pointed the spotlight on the need for buyers to know who they are booking.

Learn about my work as a clean corporate comedian here. (I promise I won’t call anybody names…guaranteed.)

Brad Montgomery
Clean Comedian, Corporate Comedian, Baffled at Michael Richards

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Can you imagine wearing this dress to work on a ‘casual Friday?’ Hey, who needs doughnuts when you’re wearing cream puffs? It might be a tad “inappropriate,” But gosh!.. It’s tasty!

Baker Valentyn Shtefano and his bride Viktoriya show off her wedding gown, which Shtefano made out of flour, eggs, sugar and caramel in the western Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod in Aug. 27, 2006. The edible dress, made of 1,500 cream puffs and weighing in at 20 pounds (9 kilograms), took the 28-year-old baker two months to make.

Need some humor in your workplace, but don’t want to wear your snacks? Need to lighten up that next meeting but don’t want to come dressed as a cream puff? Try one of my humor in the workplace keynotes or seminars.

Brad Montgomery
Humor in the Workplace Speaker, Consultant, Motivational Keynote Humorist Speaker

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We’re back with more of our interview with Kansas City, Missouri based corporate comedian and humorist motivational speaker Mark Mayfield.

He talks a bit about how we can see the world through the lens of a comedian. If we can see the world with a sense of humor it helps us keep some of the more difficult times at bay, and helps us to approach our lives with a better sense of perspective and lightness.mark mayfield corporate comedian

How can we improve our sense of humor? Specific ideas or techniques? Mark gave us some:

• Be a kid and play. (Halloween is an excellent opportunity for even serious adults to play! It is the ONE time of year we can — and should — dress up, play, be goofy, and work on our sense of humor. It’s an opportunity to be — and act like— a kid.)
• Hand out with upbeat people. (You’ll find yourself at your funniest when you’re with funny people.)
• Start your day in a good way; start your day with a laugh. (Play with your pet, read the comics, play with your kids… whatever! But start you day with a laugh.)
• Make humor a habit. Do it daily and it becomes more natural and easier with time.

Marks goal, each and every day, is to make his wife laugh. She can tell when he is beat down and tired, and is still always able to make him laugh. And so he works hard to return the favor.

Thanks Mark.

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Brad Montgomery
Motivational Keynote Speaker, Corporate Comedian, Fan of Mark Mayfield

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Want to learn how to be a comedian? This site is for you! Or want to learn how to be motivational speaker? You’re in the right place!

The Suspicious Looking Device is a bright orange box with a countdown timer on the top. If you touch it, it lets out a loud siren and then scoots away on a set of hidden wheels. Its entire purpose is to look suspicious — it has no other function. Link (via Digg)

This thing cracks me up. I love that whoever went to the trouble to invent this goofy thing has a huge sense of humor. Yeah, I know that you could create some real chaos if you put it in an airport or something like that. But wouldn’t it be funny to give one to your wife on Valentines Day? Or to your (much loved) boss on her birthday? Don’t you think it might be funny putting this device on the receptionist’s desk for people to wonder about when the check in for their doctors’ appointment?

Need humor in the workplace and don’t want to freak anybody out? Bring me in do do my motivational speaker humorist keynote…. no suspicious device needed.

Thanks Boing Boing

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Keynote sp;eaker, Humor in the Workplace Pro, Lover of Safe Practical Jokes

I was flattered to be part of CACUBO’s conference. (Central Association of College and University Business Officers.) They were looking for something fun and funny (but still with a message) to keynote at their conference and I was thrilled to do it. (Partly because it was in my hometown of Denver, Colorado. But mostly because it was a terrific group of hard-working people who really needed a laugh.)

Click here to hear Rob

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Education Speaker, Educators Speaker, Motivational Humorist Speaker

Ok, I love practical jokes. And when they are done right, I think they can actually bring work groups together and encourage teamwork. I think they can —when done right — actually create and maintain humor in the workplace. practical jokes

This photo is pretty darn funny — but in case it isn’t obvious, this isn’t the kind of practical joke you ought to do at work.

The key is “victimless.” (And this joke isn’t victimless….but it still cracks me up.)

(Besides, this photo just can’t be real. Can it?)

Check out my humor in the workplace seminars and keynotes here.

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Keynote Speaker, Humor in the Workplace Speaker, Fan of Victimless Practical Jokes

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I was glad to see a local Colorado politition use some humor in this very funny, very genuine and authentic TV commercial.  (It doesn’t tell us much about his ppolitics, but it is funny.  And it proves he has a pulse, which is more than I can say for most of the cardboard-cutouts of politicians we’ve seen on the air lately.

It cracked me up.  But mostly I was glad that at least ONE politician wasn’t afraid to actually have — and reveal — a personality.

See Ken Gordon’s commercial here.

In this era of Kerry’s foot-in-mouth-during-joke, it’s a relief to see that (at least local state politicians) are still willing to use humor as a tool.  I still think that the big “take away” from the Kerry fiasco will be a greater reluctance to use humor (because people will be afraid of it.)  Which is a crying shame.  Laugh your way to the bank?  You bet.  I’d like to see more folks laugh their way into public office.
Brad Montgomery
Corporate Comedian, Keynote Speaker, Motivational Humorist

I’m proud to announce the re-release of our sister website, Funny Motivational Speakers.

This site is yet another attempt to increase our branding and availability. I think it looks great. What do you think?

Humor in Political Advertising

Political ads give me the hives. It all looks the same to me, and I tune it out. After all, how often can you listen to arguments like this:

“He didn’t pay his taxes”

“Yes I did!”

“He voted against families”

“No I didn’t!”

“He hates puppies.

“No I don’t!”

(Ok, I might have made that last one up.)

The ads are predictable, and are therefore worthless. (I didn’t read a single political ad this year; did you?)

But check out these two humorous images the totally convey a political message. (Note how I have picked one image from either side of the aisle.)

What’s my point?

If you want to get your message across, use humor as a tool. Want to sell more, manage better, lead better, communicate better? Use humor. It will get your message heard through the noise.

Brad Montgomery
Humorist, Student of Humor, Tired of Political Ads

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Announcing the release of Comedy War Stories, a new audio for sale in our store.

If you are like me and love hearing crazy fiasco and disaster stories from folks about their jobs; or if you you think it might be fun to her what comedians talk about when the show is over; or if you think it might be fun to learn all of the crazy things that happen to comedians on the way up their career ladder… then lucky you, I havecomedian war stories something I think you’ll love.

Florida Corporate Comedian David Glickman and I recorded a once-in-a-lifetime program when we were working together in California, and we were lucky to get it on tape.

We just got it edited and formated and ready for sale in the store. This audio is available as a MP3 download (which means instant gratification, and no shipping!)

I’m really proud of it, and if you click here you’ll be able to hear a free sample ( of a crazy story about me and my first job working at a renaissance festival in Colorado and all of the million things that went wrong).

This program was a hoot;  the energy is great, David and I tease each other a bunch in a funny way, and the stories (all of which are true) kept the audience on the edges of their seats.
Looking for something funny and positive to listen to on the way to work? How about a look behind the curtain of some entertainers? Are you interested in learning what it takes to become a comedian yourself?

Click here for the details on how to buy this funny conversation between two working professional comedians.

Brad Montgomery
Corporate Comedian, Teller of Funny Comedian Stories

 

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