Event Tips 13 Awards Hosts & Comedians Who Will WOW At Your Next Event

13 Awards Hosts & Comedians Who Will WOW At Your Next Event

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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. Ahead of awards season, 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.”

claudia.pngClaudia Winkleman 

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!''

Debbie from the Accounts team recommends Stephen Mangan, as she says “he is so easy to work with, friendly, down to earth, VERY funny and so natural on stage!”

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!”

russell-kane-1.pngRussell Kane 

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 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!

Another host that our team love is Romesh Ranganathan. A brilliant comedian, we all agree he's very entertaining, yet doesn’t let the big laughs get in the way of his control over the crowd. When some of our team went along to an event to see Romesh in action, they 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.”

romesh.pngRomesh Ranganathan

Account Manager, Dan recommends Rory Bremner, calling him “a national treasure”. "Rory is so experienced in the corporate hosting game", Dan goes onto say, “he knows how to handle all crowds and get the night moving along professionally while making sure everyone has a great time.”

Dan's aboslute favourite however is Jon Culshaw, "not only is he a hilarious impressionist, but also an engaging, host who's easy to work with. His calm nature always puts clients at ease."

Lucy, our Head of Account Management is a big fan of many of the comedians we have on our books. Lucy says Kerry 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.”

Another favourite is Ivo Graham, with his intelligent, witty, and geeky style of comedy he always delivers a polished performance.

ivo-graham.pngIvo Graham 



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! 

For further information or to book a speaker, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk.

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