- Great “Fake” expert and hilarious comedian
- Corporate “Put-on Comedian” and highly rated keynote speaker
- Unsurpassed customization for his clients
- Master storyteller
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Meet Harry Freedman: “The Nation’s Misleading Expert” – LYING FOR LAUGHS FOR OVER 25 YEARS!
As a Corporate Put-on Comedian and Emcee, Harry has performed for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, and is frequently rated ‘best speaker’ at their conferences. As a stand-up comedian, Harry is a regular opening act for Ray Romano; and as an actor, he has appeared on shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS) and “Men of a Certain Age.” (TNT) With over three decades experience from the clubs of Las Vegas to the corporate boardroom, Harry Freedman is a comic you can trust.
About a year into Harry’s comedy career, a then unknown but very well-respected Jerry Seinfeld approached Harry and said, “You’re a good writer,” and added, “I don’t just say that to anyone.”
About the same time, Joan Rivers also caught Harry’s act and invited him to hang out in her dressing room before her shows at the Diplomat Hotel in South Florida.
Over the years, Harry has toured the country, opening for comics like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Dennis Leary, Andrew Dice Clay, Paul Reiser, Pat Paulson, Drew Carey (who actually opened for Harry) and many more.
He became friends with Ray Romano and Richard Jeni and opened for both in numerous theaters and clubs across the country, including Carolines in New York City.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Harry was featured on VH1 Stand-up Spotlight with Rosie O’Donnell, Comedy on the Road with John Byner, Carolines Comedy Hour on A&E with Richard Jeni, (which Harry also wrote for) and was a prize winner on America’s Funniest People.
He was also a regular at New York’s top comedy clubs including The Improvisation, The Comic Strip, and The Comedy Cellar. In addition, Bill Maher became a big fan of Harry’s, and used to put him on at Catch a Rising Star
WHAT IS A CORPORATE PUT-ON?
Harry will create the perfect fake industry expert or executive for your group. Harry will have everyone fooled with his outrageous quips until they realize they have been had and they are roaring with laughter! Audiences love Harry Freedman’s Corporate Put-ons!
Harry has always been funny and after attending 3 semesters of law school in Miami Florida, Harry realized his father’s wishes for him to follow in HIS footsteps as a lawyer and judge were not his own. He did however learn to explore both sides of every issue in depth, which became invaluable for joke writing and he also excelled at Moot Court.
Over the next few years, Harry worked as a managing editor for a humor magazine and feature writer for a Miami Beach Newsweekly. Then he decided to go after his own dream – standup comedy.
When South Florida’s first comedy club opened in Hollywood Florida, on opening night, Harry “killed” for a crowd of 250 people, receiving 5 ovations in 12 minutes. That show changed his life. He moved back to New York and the rest is history.
When a friend asked Harry to help in preparing for a corporate comedy put-on, Harry wrote much of the material and knew immediately this was something he also wanted to do. After that friend gave his blessing, a then unknown Ray Romano, also a friend, got offered a put-on for a hospital, which he passed on to Harry. He soon began entertaining some of the biggest companies and associations in the world including Dell Computer, The American Bankers Association, Cox Radio, IBM, and many more.
TOP OF HIS FIELD
WHY HAVE HUNDREDS OF FORTUNE 1000 COMPANIES BROUGHT HARRY IN AS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER? Quite simply – Harry is at the top of his field. You get a perfect blend: a great fake expert fused with a hysterical comedian.
If you’re hosting a private party, business function, award ceremony, fund-raiser, retirement dinner, holiday party, birthday, or any event where you want everyone to laugh, Harry Freedman offers clean, tasteful stand-up comedy at its best.
Whether you want straight stand-up, an emcee, or his personal specialty of customized put-ons, Harry will provide everything including sound and lights for a great show at a budget you can afford!
Harry has appeared as a stand-up comedian on Carolines Comedy Hour with Richard Jeni, Standup Spotlight with Rosie O’Donnel, and Comedy on the Road with John Byner. Harry can also be seen at theaters as Ray Romano’s opening act.
FAKE VS. REAL
With the unprecedented proliferation of fake news today, it is often difficult to determine what is real vs what is fake. Can you imagine anything more timely and valuable today then teaching your employees how to tell the difference? By providing a first-hand example of how easy it is for Harry to convince your group that his faux persona is real, your group will learn some of the signs to watch out for in real life, particularly when the stakes are higher than just laughter.
BONDING & TEAMBUILDING
Harry’s humorous ribbing about your industry, company and perhaps some of your key people, will have everyone laughing at shared understandings. Strangers instantly connect, co-workers come closer, and barriers of rank disappear. There’s a glow that remains and fosters better communication and cooperation.
REENERGIZE PRODUCTIVITY & PERFORMANCE
“You gave our clients new energy and lightened the mood for their remaining workshops, so they were able to stay fresh, having been reinvigorated by laughter!” Stacy Wiessner, Integra Technology
HARRY REALLY LEARNS YOUR BUSINESS AND ISSUES. Harry may not be a real expert on your industry, but by the time he gets done, even you will be hard pressed to tell the difference. His prep and research are second to none.
HARRY PRESCREENS All HIS MATERIAL. Everything is clean, tasteful, and targeted for your group.
EMCEE – Business Conferences
A great EMCEE. . .
- Connects with the audience and makes them feel at ease
- Acts as a guide to the event, knowing when to be serious and when to throw out a quip to lighten the mood
- Keeps the event on schedule and handles unexpected mishaps or delays with grace and aplomb.
- Ensures that the audience is alert and energized throughout set up each speaker for success.
- Captures unexpected live moments and turns them into humor as appropriate.
- Thoroughly prepares for every aspect of the meeting, including introductions and stage movement.
Harry has hosted numerous corporate events, training sessions, honorariums, and award banquets for Fortune 1000 companies, and has emceed for thousands of comedy shows and private functions. As always, Harry customizes like crazy to keep it special, so will take good care of the activities onstage so you can take care of them offstage.
He has had the pleasure of introducing notables such as Robert Reich and Jose Feliciano.
“We’ve had humorist and comedians before, but never have we heard our normally restrained bankers pounding on the tables with laughter.” John Pritchard, Independent Bankers Association
“The chairman of the company almost fell off his chair when he realized that you were a hired hand. Next morning, he said, ‘Yours was the best performance he’d seen in 10 years.’” Yogen Patel – Executive VP, HITT Contracting
“You were the highlight of our annual conference!” Dr. Ed Goldberg, NE Utilities, Edison Electric Institute
“Harry’s material and performance exceeded our expectations in every way. Our audience absolutely loved him.” Jon Miller, COCA COLA
“Your delivery was terrific…I was awed at how you were able to weave a speech tailored to our company.” Harry Holton VP, Westpoint Stevens
“Harry is a storyteller who takes the time to learn about his client and the audience and weaves his magical style into every word that leaves his mouth.” Roberta Aronoff, TRMA Executive Director
“Your study of our corporation, its people and their idiosyncrasies really made the routine a high-class, high impact event.” Todd Frank VP, Thomsom Publishing
You had our alumni group rolling and you did it with clean, classy, and extremely clever material. Dee Vaidya, India Institute of Technology Alumni
“You were terrific to work with – highly professional and very accommodating.” Ellen Lockwald, Sr. Director, Benefits Admin, Trizetto
“Right from our first telephone call, I was impressed by your professionalism.” Alan Jones Project Manager, BAE Systems
“If you are looking for a quality and funny addition to your corporate event, party or trade show, I recommend Harry Freedman.” CORPORATE HOLIDAY PARTY, Bill Corbett, Jr. – President Corbett Public Relations Inc.
“Harry worked around our theme and knew the audience he was playing to. We laughed hysterically. Some still think he is a doctor. I highly recommend him.” CIVIC GROUPS, Barbara Halpern, Westport Women’s Club
“We can’t thank you enough for putting together a great night of entertainment (and your act was also hilarious) on such short notice and delivering such positive results. We are certainly looking forward to doing more shows with you in the future.” COMEDY NIGHTS WITH HARRY & FRIENDS, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Gene Gluck, Vice-PresidentNorth Fork Chamber of Commerce
“Thank you, Harry for making me look like a genius at our annual holiday party. Harry coordinated an entire show and performed with comedians Chris Roach and Davin Rosenbatt, as MC. This was the most amazing night of laughter and fun many of us have ever had at any event. You exceeded all expectations. All I can say is Talent! Talent! Talent!” COMEDY NIGHTS WITH HARRY & FRIENDS, CORPORATE HOLIDAY PARTY Connie Smith, Etransmedia.com
“I am still laughing when I think about your event for my Christmas Eve party. You were so awesome. All my guests commented how much fun it was and suggest a ‘do over” for next holiday.” PRIVATE PARTIES, Charlene Oswald
“Your presentation was a great way to build team morale, break down social barriers, and have a few laughs after a long day.” KPMG VIDEO Richard Girgenti, KPMG: US Partner in Charge, Forensic
“You had them laughing and repeating your comments all week long at the conference.” Dan Fitzgerald – President, IASIU
“You have afforded us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves without the disappointment that often accompanies the object of humor. A renewed sense of camaraderie was delivered to us that exceeded any motivational pretext of our meeting. Several people have confronted me with their ashamed admittance of having been totally fooled. A couple of folks are still not sure if they have been had! Thanks again for making ours such an outstanding success.” Stephen K. Park, Raytheon Systems Company
To book Harry Freedman for your next corporate or association meeting, contact Forte Speakers & Forte Speakers Hawaii at [email protected] or (808) 321-2715 or visit our website at www.fortespeakers.org