Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo is a motivational mechanic who tunes and tweaks each member of his audience to succeed at their full potential. Through the guise of humor, Steve teaches the methods for improving opportunities and provides the skills your group needs to get to a better place at work and in life. A place that brings greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success! With a delivery that is poignant, entertaining and inspiring, Steve, affectionately known as the “Attitude Adjuster,” takes motivation and confidence building to a whole new level.” Read more

Durwood Fincher

The unsuspecting don’t have a chance when Durwood Fincher, the greatest imposter of our time, baffles the collective mind of the audience with his double-talking genius.

Introduced to your audience as an industry expert, Durwood Fincher begins speaking with enough rhetoric, jargon, buzzwords and hollow platitudes to spin heads. As audience members listen, they slowly begin to realize that he is saying nothing at all, and befuddlement gives way to laughter as they realize that something funny is going on.

Then the fun really begins. Once the audience is in on the joke, Fincher shifts into a spirited, uplifting presentation, one that stresses the importance of maintaining a positive and receptive attitude at your job. Above all, Fincher emphasizes the power of humor in the workplace. Don’t just book a speech─let Fincher also pose as a roving reporter who videotapes interviews with your attendees. Asking meaningless questions, which somehow solicit thoughtful answers, he’ll later incorporate the ill-gotten clips into his customized presentation, which adds to the fun and hilarity.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

An Unexpected Turn of Events
Durwood Fincher provides an unexpected, hilarious experience for your audience. Introduced to your audience as Dr. Robert Payne, a bumbling, bureaucratic Washington D.C. stereotype, “Dr. Payne’s” presentation-customized to your industry or organization-is filled with enough bureaucratic rhetoric, jargon, buzzwords and hollow platitudes to spin heads. As the audience listens they slowly begin to realize that he is saying nothing at all and that, in all respects, something funny is going on. Laughter erupts and the fun really begins when they catch on that they’re being put-on and he shifts into a spirited, uplifting presentation stressing the importance of humor and clear communication in the workplace.

A program option: Durwood can pose as a roving reporter and conduct video interviews of attendees at your event. But . . . of course . . . his questions make no sense . . . yet it is truly amazing how many people answer rather than admit they haven’t a clue as to what he’s talking about. He then delivers a hilarious speech that incorporates those video interviews.

The setup: A key feature of Fincher’s show is the element of surprise. He is typically billed as Dr. Robert Payne, a highly credentialed “expert”. Dr. Payne embodies a bumbling bureaucrat, but nobody can be this bad, can they?

The payoff: Pretty soon the cat is out of the bag and Fincher has his audience in stitches with his original and humorous take on corporate communications. For his finale, Fincher always leaves them laughing with his signature video interviews in which his client’s attendees become the stars of their own show (more about video interviews). Fincher personalizes his productions for each client as key personalities and industry foibles become part of his punch lines – to the audience’s roaring delight.

The message: Fincher’s underlying message is the importance of maintaining a positive and receptive attitude, but his show is mainly about good clean humor and entertainment- and providing an unexpected treat for his audience. As Mr. Doubletalk likes to say: “Don’t take it all so seriously. . . it’s just money, and most of it isn’t yours!”

The solution: If your goal is to bring humor and entertainment to your next event, Fincher’s unique talents, timeless program and proven professionalism put him in a league of his own. Mr. Doubletalk is the funniest thing about American business!

 

Full Biography

Durwood Fincher, a.k.a. Dr. Robert Payne, is an entertainer, a linguist and an insightful comedian, whose specialty is corporate communications. Mr. Doubletalk® has been the secret ingredient at hundreds of successful corporate functions, making certified heroes out of meeting planners since 1981. He is on the road an average of 200 days a year. He never fails. He provides an unexpected, refreshing experience for the corporate audience, a hilarious way for them to examine, reexamine and improve communications skills for themselves and others.

As Dr. Robert Payne, he portrays the bad example, the worst-case scenario of contemporary business-speak, using language to mislead. This bumbling, bureaucratic stereotype (familiar to attendees of conferences nationwide) uses mind-numbing language, designed to distort reality, make the bad seem good and the intolerable seem tolerable.

Introduced as Dr. Payne, head of a government agency which is pertinent to your industry, his presentation is salted through and through with your own company’s buzzwords, jargon and other familiar references, to further the confusion. This curious-looking executive is passed off as an “Inside-The-Beltway” Dork.

The audience will first have mixed reactions:

  • Trying to focus on what appears to be a tedious half hour or so ahead
  • Getting ready to take copious notes
  • Wishing they were somewhere else… anywhere else
  • But within minutes, Fincher will be having his way with their funnybones.

Following his bogus introduction by your host, “Dr. Payne” begins his equally bogus presentation which sounds like he is making sense. But if you listen carefully, it becomes obvious that what he is saying makes no sense whatsoever. Slowly the crowd begins to catch on.

First there is a titter. Then a few laughs. Then lots of laughs.

After the charade of Dr. Payne is exposed, Fincher swings into a fast-paced, laugh-filled sketch of real-life anecdotes about the funny foibles of people attempting to communicate with one another, against all odds. The audience, always forgiving, can’t get enough.

Fincher caps off his program with his hilarious video interviews, in which his programs attendees become the real stars of the show. With Durwood Fincher on the program, the people in the audience enjoy themselves and come away refreshed and entertained.

Harry Maurer

Harry Maurer

When Harry R. Maurer steps onstage, magic happens — cards appear in a flash of fire, borrowed objects vanish and return — even live animals appear. But more than the “hocus pocus” that you’ve seen magicians perform time and again, Harry uses his engaging personality and a carefully blended combination of magic, comedy and audience participation, interspersed with large illusions, to make his performances intimate, but grand. A unique magician who has the experience and skill to get your group to laugh, wonder and participate, Maurer works closely with your organization’s meeting planner to create a show that will stimulate, energize and entertain your audience in ways they will never forget!
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Kathy Buckley

Kathy Buckley

Kathy Buckley was born with a hearing loss that went undetected until she was eight and led to believe she was mentally retarded. She was sexually abused, run over by a car, and stricken with cancer all before the age of thirty. Rather than being consumed by grief, Kathy sought out laughter. She not only survived, she has gone on to become a successful comedienne and an award winning author. She is also a world-renowned motivational speaker. Kathy inspires hundreds of thousands of people around the country, sharing her story of overcoming some of the most difficult obstacles one can imagine in life, and how she met those challenges with dignity, courage, and laughter. Read more

Erin "Muggsy" Aarsvold

Originally from a small rural town in Minnesota, Erin “Muggsy” Aarsvold has been a professional entertainer for over 22 years. In 2004, Muggsy re-wrote and took over the performance of the hugely popular cult hit “The Ded Bob Sho”, a one-mancomedy show that has now been touring continuously on the national festival circuit for over 25 years. Muggsy has also been delighting corporate audiences and the stand-up comedy scene as a solo performer for the last five years.

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Diana Jordan

Diana Jordan

Keynote speaker and veteran stand-up comic Diana Jordan has developed a loyal following using humor that will leave your audience in stitches. Whether your group is looking for someone to address women’s health, healthcare in general, happiness or comedy, if it has to do with humor or being a female – Diana has something for you! For instance, in her program created for healthcare providers she focuses on finding the humor in even the most stressful work environments. In addition to her stand-up and comedy work, Diana performs for private audiences with customized programs tailored for Go Red Luncheons, Breast Cancer Awareness events, Pre-and Post Surgical Patients, Read more

Mark Cordes

Mark Cordes has been hailed by many critics as a “One Man Laugh Factory.” This inventive comedian and humorist is a guaranteed winner! Whether it’s a very special event, roast, awards program or a final event, he will customize his performance to meet your needs…

Mark’s new program The Spouse Whisperer entertains the audience with very funny, acerbic observations on relationships and how to make them work…or not. He is always warm and congenial and has a great comedic rapport with his audience. Read more

Business With Balls

Business With Balls

Business with Balls-Business with Balls handles many different priorities in running a successful business. Juggling is an effective metaphor for handing business problems and priorities. Business With Balls provides a unique service by incorporating a company’s objectives into interactive and motivational sessions. They challenge people’s perceptions of their own learning ability and at the same time boost levels of energy and self-belief. There is something very powerful about taking a group of people through a new learning experience together and achieving success as a team. Read more

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Read more