WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT…
With 28 award-winning years of experience, we understand that how you tell your story can mean the difference between success and failure. As a team, we are scrappy, resourceful and ever curious. And while we take our business, and yours, very seriously, we don’t take ourselves seriously at all.
Businesses are looking for new ways to engage and retain employees, connect with customers, and drive innovation and creative thinking in an environment that is anything but normal. These unique challenges require a different approach.
Enter humor. Research has shown that humor shifts the way our brains think, enabling our teams to ignore obvious associations, break down thought barriers and open ourselves up to new thinking. We apply the tenets of humor to create this neuroplasticity and drive unexpected ideation and creative thinking that truly differentiate our clients and enable them to engage with stakeholders in new and different ways.
LAUGHING MATTERS COUNCIL
Clayton Fletcher is a NYC-based stand-up comedian, actor and writer who has been featured on Hulu, Sirius/XM, MSNBC, and ESPN. His smart, clean, provocative comedy is geared towards audiences hungry for laughs without the crude shock value that is prevalent in stand-up today. Clayton has taught thousands of aspiring comedians (and thousands of brave businesspeople) how to unlock the prodigious power of truth in comedy. He has served as Chief Comedy Officer at Peppercomm for 13 years.
Liz Joynt Sandberg
Liz Joynt Sandberg is a comedy writer, performer, director, and educator. She serves as the head of the Comedy Arts program at DePaul University, and performs regularly in Chicago and beyond with various improv groups. She is also a lead designer and facilitator for The Second City Works where she collaborates with clients like Harvard Business School, Thrive Global, Google, Microsoft, Swing Left, Indivisible, and others to leverage an improvisational mindset to solve real-world problems.
THE CULTURE GUY:
David Horning is the founder of Water Cooler Comedy,
the creator of the 8-week leadership program “7 Steps To Reframe Retention And Create A Killer Culture.” Unlike other leadership speakers and consultants, David’s 9 years of comedy, speaking, and outsider consulting experience brings an outside-of-the-box, hands-on approach that is unafraid of asking the challenging questions that help leaders disrupt the status quo to face uncertainty, adversity, and change with a resilient, open mind.
Luvell Anderson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Faculty in African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. His research lies principally in the Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Humor, and Philosophy of Race. He is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Applied Philosophy of Language. Luvell is finishing a book on The Ethics of Racial Humor, forthcoming with Oxford University Press, and Philosophy of Race and Racism: The Basics, to be published with Routledge.
Malcolm Frierson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. His research centers on the politics of African American comedy from the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Freedom in Laughter, Malcolm’s recent book published by SUNY Press, has been credited for highlighting “the connections between artistic expression and activism as a mutual exchange in the process of continuing to enlighten, inspire, and transform a painfully divided society.”