Monday, December 06, 2004

Don't Wander Into a Woody Allen Moment

Buy brand comedians and breathe a sigh of relief:

It's no laughing matter being stuck with the responsibility of hiring the comedian for your company's holiday party.

South Jersey-based entertainer Holly Faris understands the hand-wringing involved. For 18 years, Faris has been making people laugh by impersonating famous females such as Marilyn Monroe, Cher and Tina Turner at bar mitzvahs, Atlantic City casinos and other venues. She spends time reassuring clients who are fearful that her funny act may rub some audience members the wrong way.

"People are so afraid that their boss will be offended, or that the show will not be politically correct," said Faris, the owner of Diva Doubles.

....A national company founded in 1990 takes the worry out of finding the appropriate funny person for a corporate client. Clean Comedians - which books acts throughout the United States and Canada - offers a money-back guarantee that their acts will live up to all promises.

"Our comics must sign a `no gross policy,' " said Clean Comedians president Adam Christing. "This includes no gender bashing, no racial humor, no obscenities, no sexually explicit jokes, and no swearing at all."

The company provides comic entertainment for 500 events a year, including more than 100 holiday programs. Clients have included Microsoft, Disney, Kodak, Coca-Cola, Prudential and Ford Motors. The average corporate booking costs between $2,500 and $3,500.

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