Corporate entertainment can be hard to get right, especially when you are dealing with 1000+ raucous audience members, who are excitable and full of good food and drink. This is why you need an act to hold the audience’s attention, whether that be through tailoring their material to your specific company or dazzling the crowds with their star quality, your host will set the tone for the entire evening. With awards season coming up, we have put together a round-up of comedians and awards hosts, suitable for all different types of corporate entertainment to help you choose.
Logistics team member, Helena recommends Claudia Winkleman, having seen her in action, Helena can vouch that she is an excellent host. As a big name, she is known by everyone in the audience and is a safe pair of hands. Helena said at the most recent awards ceremony she saw Claudia at, that she “kept the awards moving along – she’s witty, bright and very engaged with the audience. She was great with the winners when they came on the stage and this was echoed previously during the rehearsals where she was amenable, and after the awards when she loved having photos taken.”
Helena also recommends Martin Bayfield. She says “he is excellent on briefing calls, he’s very detailed and has bags of experience, so is able to offer the clients a little direction, if they want it. I always come off the calls feeling he will do a fantastic job – an all-round gentleman and nothing is too much for him. He is a real presence and gets great feedback!''
She also thinks Sally Phillips is really great. “Sally takes the time to have a thorough briefing with the client to get a really good understanding of the event and the audience – so that she can tailor her performance specifically for that event. She is so lovely to work with and her scripts are hilarious!”
The Head of Account Management Adam agrees, he says “Sally is an experienced and professional awards host, comedian and actress - making her a great choice for hosting corporate events.”
Debbie also recommends Russell Kane, as he’s very personable. She says “Russell takes the time to make sure he has understood the clients’ requirements to make his content is really relevant to the sector and audience – he even offers suggestions himself on how he thinks the evening could work well.”
She also thinks Natasha Kaplinsky is brilliant. “A very professional and seamless awards host – yet warm, engaging and friendly at the same time. Natasha can handle any situation, however rowdy and is not afraid to bring order to a room of party-goers – whilst keeping the evening light and entertaining at the same time!”
Finally, Debbie also loves Mark Durden-Smith. Our Accounts Team member says “he is very humble and happy to take the mickey out of himself. He quickly establishes a relationship and rapport with the audience - and his attention to detail is amazing. He goes above and beyond for clients – in fact at one event, he arrived early and helped the client fold napkins for the dinner!”
All acts with real star quality there! Adam and events co-ordinator Alisha, both agree that Romesh Ranganathan is a brilliant comedian to host awards, they agree he is very entertaining, yet doesn’t let the big laughs get in the way of his control over the crowd. Alisha recent saw Romesh in action and said “he had the room under his spell even before he got on stage. They were shouting “we love you Romesh” before he even did his comedy set. He is the perfect host for a light-hearted occasion, and he is guaranteed to secure great feedback from the audience.”
Adam also recommends Rory Bremner, calling him “a national treasure”. Rory is so experienced in the corporate hosting game! Adam goes onto say that Rory “knows how to handle all crowds and get the night moving along professionally.”
Lucy B and Verity from the Account Management Team are both big fans of many of the comedians we have on our books. Lucy says Kerry’s Godliman is incredible “She is super personable and a Londoner, so her material is always highly relatable.”
Lucy also thinks Ian Stone is excellent, his versatility helps him stand out. “He is the nicest guy ever, he goes extra mile for the client and his set is always littered with very current affairs.”
Verity champions Ivo Graham, saying “If you like your comedy intelligent, witty, and geeky, you’ll love Ivo. His material feels so original and his delivery is incredibly polished''
She also a great fan of the lyrical Rob Deering. “As a guitar-playing, song-writing comedian, Rob is so much more than a stand-up comic. Caution: songs may get stuck in your head for a few days to come.”
Thanks to the team for their inside knowledge on some of our comedians and awards hosts. This is only a small selection of our fabulous comedians and hosts, so do give us a call to discuss your requirements - we love to chat!
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