The lights dimmed. The crowd quieted down. And as the spotlight hits me onstage, 700+ people in the audience at Navy Pier waited for me to begin.
The rest, as they say, was history.
Make that excellent history.
Make that decibel-busting laughter, applause, singing and clapping history for everyone who was in attendance at that particular show.
As an entertainer, I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s as if everything I strived for in my career came to a head that evening.
Was the client happy? If I’m telling the story, do you even have to ask?
(The answer was an unequivocal “yes.”)
The key was my being able to put everyone at ease, so they were engaged. They were leaning in from the very beginning, enjoying themselves in ways they never expected.
So it wasn’t just entertainment, it became an experience for the audience.
How did I do it?
The kind of experience that ten years of improv at Second City gives you. You learn a lot on how to engage an audience using improv.
It teaches you how to read the audience’s responses. You hear what they laugh at, you see their reactions and you play off their energy and build on it.
But a memorable event doesn’t start when the lights dim. It starts in the planning.
I’d like to tell you more about building a memorable event, and the best way I know is to talk to you about it.
Why not give me a call at your convenience, at 773-527-7417.
I promise that it’ll be time well spent!
One question I get asked all the time is “How do you know the words to so many songs?”
I make ‘em up!
Which is only partly true. These days with contemporary tunes most times a verse and chorus is all you need before people get bored and want something else. We call it The ADD Factor. Some people get easily distracted.
I also like improvising words to songs that interact with the people in the room. This works best in a cabaret setting. The concert stage goes well with primarily scripted material. But when I’m in a smaller venue I make em up from time to time.
I also have gotten pretty good at parody songs. So if you have a customized message you want to get out to your clients or customers, give me a call. I can write, perform and record em for you.
It wasn’t always this way for me. When I was the music director at The Second City e.t.c. theater, I worked with the best of the best in the entertainment business today. I had the opportunity to write and perform with the like of Stephen Colbert, Oscar winning Adam McKay, and way too many others to mention.
I learned how to improvise and I learned how to script the best jokes, the best songs and THE BEST CONTENT.
I learned in the circus tent under the bright lights in front of a live audience, a receptive audience that wanted to see you fall from the high wire yet always ecstatically acknowledged when you succeeded. I learned to try something new and daring.
I learned in the writing sessions that went on for days, sometimes weeks, hunting for the perfect phrase, the right combination of gesture and timing.
So to summarize, Please don’t try this at home folks. I am a professional. Or do try this at home and have fun with it!
To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.
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All the best,
… Glad to hear it. Most people wait until the last minute and then they can’t find quality professional entertainment for their company office party. It makes it extra hard to come up with quality holiday entertainment ideas under the pressure of the calendar deadline.
Holiday Party Planning ideas
It’s simple really. Most of the best entertainment agencies have their bookings solid by the time the leaves start to change their colors. But that’s because they have a limited number of options available for you to choose from. Not here. We don’t want you to be left out in the cold. We have a versatile entertainment company to assist you.
If you’re looking for corporate Team Building activities you can include in your company Christmas party, try a dueling pianos show.
We also have live music in the form of world class bands, jazz trios and hoola hoops.
Okay NOT hoola hoops. But when it comes to great party ideas, of course we’re going to recommend live music and comedy. It’s what we do best and it’s what we’ve been doing for well over 30 years now.
But if you’re in charge of organizing your company Christmas party for all the other Cubers, then think about a couple of these ideas.
Gingerbread Decorating Station. Everyone gets to decorate their own cookies. even take some home to the wee ones. Or better yet, build a bunch of fruit baskets that you can hand out to your friends as gifts.
Yes we know that when you call us with your date and you’re looking for holiday party planning ideas, we can deliver. It’s not an easy task being in charge of coming up with holiday party ideas for a small office — or a large one for that matter.
Give us a call right now. Let us know how we can help.
You’ll be amazed out how simple this can be.
Live music entertainment for events and holiday entertainment ideas.
Glo Glee Music from Chicago
Welcome to our new Comedy Blogcast!
This is the first in what may prove to be a very successful series of blogcasts.
Followers of this blog (and there are thousands of you every month right now) have the keen sense of wit and mental faculties to remember this very popular blog from last week.
Only this time I turn on the mics and get a good take; an interview, if you will, of the principle characters from this news style podcast. Thanks to The Onion for such consistent inspiration.
Please let me know how I did. Rate it with the the choices at the bottom here.
Also be sure to contact me to write custom material for your trade show entertainment, for your corporate events and your coming out parties. Our team has been producing shows for a couple of decades now. You should get it on it.
Call Dan 773-527-7417 right now.
… about how to drive in a snow storm in Chicago.
Chicago Snow Storm Stories
So we got smacked with another snow storm here in Chicago this week.
Typical. It’s Chicago. It’s February. Go figure.
So why the hell don’t people know how to drive in this stuff? I mean – Seriously! Is it because we don’t have a foot of snow very often anymore? Are we just out of practice? It’s like Heeey C’mon already.
I remember getting a lot of snow when I was younger. Even in my early 20’s I had to be able to navigate city streets with all of the other citizens.
It was Par For The Course. Modus Operandi. Another Day in The Neighborhood.
When I was still a student of music at U of I in Chicago, as it was called back then, I lived in Wicker Park. My rent for a 2 bedroom was $150 a month. For those of you out of town, I can tell you now Wicker Park is one of those great neighborhoods where you now will not be able to find a 2 bedroom for less than $1500 these days – if that.
I had an old Chevy Suburban. Great truck. 8 cylinder. Rear wheel drive. Heavy. Moved everything and everywhere. Awesome truck.
Wicker Park was a barrio back then. Gangs? Yeah no problem. Ghettos? Yeah sure, whatever. Rat hole apartment and scum bag landlords? Heeeey it’s Chicago. Whatever.
I remember getting going after digging out of my parking spot, not daring to stop, zipping through one of those unplowed alleys on questionable snow tires I got from that discount tire shop on Division to get to the unplowed side street to get out to Damen Ave when I encounter another vehicle driving in my direction.
Now I had lived in Wicker Park about a year and a half at the time. I knew my neighbors. All upstanding citizens to be sure and they were kind enough to inform me, in true Chicago tradition, “Heeey, we’re all okay over here. It’s those people across the alley/across the street/ north of Milwaukee Ave/fill in the blank you gotta worry about … “
So in other words, I knew how to fill in the blanks, I knew where the boundaries were drawn and I knew who was on who’s side. I knew I had a guy and I knew the other guy had a guy so it’s all kopesthetic, right?
So like I said, I’m zipping along on my snow tires in my Chevy Suburban and I realize I’m in that ‘other’ neighborhood and I see this guy coming at me in his beater and we both know not to stop in the snow or we’re both getting stuck.
So what do we do?
We keep going.
That’s what we do.
C’mon it’s Chicago.
Sliding along, spinning our wheels but moving forward and as we miraculously pass each other safely we both look out our rolled down windows and we both started laughing. We were passing by so close we could have reached out and High Fived each other but we didn’t dare take our hands off the wheel at that particular moment.
As we finally fish tailed past each other our tail ends decided to dish out that High Five. It was a Love Tap. A Cheek Kiss.
Maybe it was that I didn’t want to stop knowing I wasn’t going to be protected in that neighborhood. Maybe it was him who didn’t want to get out and check it out for possibly very similar reasons. Add to that neither one of us were driving a brand Audi or anything.
So I looked out my side mirror and I saw him wave an “okay” as I was doing the same back to him.
No harm. No foul. No big deal driving in Chicago snowstorms.
Come visit some time and we’ll go for a drive. And maybe we’ll play some great live music together. Or if you’re not a musician and you’d rather just listen, we’re okay with that too. Either we’ll entertain you with tails and songs.
Heeey. Chicago. Go figure.