The Nation's Misleading Expert - Lying For Laughs
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OMG, Harry is hilarious! I wish I could give him a hundred stars, 5 just doesn't seem like enough. I have had the honor to work with him at a showcase for event planners. The event planners, who are the toughest audience because they see so many talented people, loved him. REALLY REALLY LOVED HIM! He pretended to be an expert on event planning and he had everyone rolling in the aisles. He really does his research! I've seen him do put-ons for other industries too, and he is the best at writing original content for not just the industry, but also for the city, the room he was in, for the guests in the audience, about the competition, and most importantly he roasts the C-Level team. The good kind of roasting where everyone feels good about the jokes. Edgy and funny, not dirty and mean. He is the best at what he does. If you have a meeting of corporate people and you want to have a memorable event, get Harry. He is the best surprise they will never see coming. A surprise that will keep them laughing on the flight home!Feb 3, 2017
Video image was good, but very unprofessional attitude and lack of communication from vendor.Jan 7, 2017Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My corporate Put-on Fee for a large business event is substantially higher then my fee for straight standup comedy for a private function or club work. I am a known entity in the Corporate Market for my talents as a Put-on and command a fair but pretty good fee. However, I am open to offers for situations where a company is local and has a legitimately smaller budget. My fee for personal toasts and roasts is also reasonable, considering I am writing original material for each such event but will be higher then my normal fee for straight stand-up comedy. I try to find out as much as I can from the client before putting out a price but sometimes that's not doable. I try to work with the client to find something that's mutually acceptable so I'm not underselling myself but also trying to make it work when possible with each client.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I gather as much information about each event I possibly can. I try to get the lay of the land, the room set-up, the audience make-up, the reason for the event, and if I'm personalizing or customizing, some specific information about individuals or honorees. If it's a corporate event, I ask for as much info about the company or industry and it's top issues and I also do homework on my own to create original material.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I combine over 35 years as a professional comedian, and 29 as a corporate put-on comedian, with my ability to act like a supreme expert in any industry, or a convincing guest giving a toast at a private function. I have a BA in history so I am avid about keeping up with current events which helps my material stay fresh for Stand-up, and I love creating customized humor for each special event. I have also taken studied acting in New York with some of the best coaches in the city to help me hone my performance skills. My years of experience at Fortune 1000 corporate functions, and top rated TV shows, as well as opening for big-name acts at major theaters have given me a great sense of understanding what it takes to succeed in a wide variety of high level show business situations.