The Chicago Tribune recently proclaimed Greg Schwem, “King of the hill in the growing world of corporate comedy.” His humorous take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, the Huffington Post, and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, award winning greeting card writer, and nationally syndicated humor columnist, recognized by his peers from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for outstanding humor writing in 2014. But Greg is first and foremost a corporate entertainer.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in comedy. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.
Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines, and Cisco Systems. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability and willingness to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” says Greg.
Today Greg performs close to 100 corporate dates a year and continues writing his weekly humor column, distributed nationally by Tribune Content Services and The Huffington Post. He also is the author of “Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-TechDad.”