Would you believe that corporate events I've performed at have included speaking for Cancer Survivors, Women's Leadership Conferences, Hospital Wellness Day, Professional Administrator's day, People Living with AIDS Benefit, Diversity Day, and more? Of course there are the 8AM Management Meetings for an accounting firm, but just because an event is sponsored by a corporation, doesn't mean that we funny speakers and comics are compromising our message.
"But what about censorship?" Yes, doing corporate, comics and speakers have to work clean. That means that your material has to be really funny as you can't count on shock words or sex jokes to get a reaction. Actually, I found more limitations working comedy clubs, where the necessity to get a laugh every 10 seconds, meant that I couldn't tell humorous stories with poignant moments.
Corporate gigs have less bigotry about age. How many female comics over 50 years old have you seen on Comedy Central? Let me count, ah...none! Many corporations are committed to diversity and that means that they hire minorities, gays, women, and speakers over 50. When was the last time you lady comics got a gig where you got to do an hour for 1500 appreciative people and got paid well?
Comics speaking and performing at corporate events really are making a difference in people's lives. So what if we go to the workplace to perform, rather than they come to comedy clubs? Many people these days who are working and raising a family don't have the time or the money to go to the clubs.
Working the corporate gigs not only gives us comics an appreciative audience and great income, but it also gives us an opportunity to shake things up!
Or, do I sound defensive?
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