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HIRE A COMEDIAN

DELIGHT YOUR AUDIENCE

"I was crying with laughter"

Dominic Allon, UK CEO

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"The best thing I have ever bought. Ever."

Dan Thomas, Head of Markets

"You guys were terrific!"

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HIRE A COMEDIAN

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WE HAVE COMEDIANS FOR HIRE

Hire A Comedian with the UK’s Leading Comedy Agency.
We have over 25 years experience of comedian hire and organising exquisitely tailored comedy shows.

We’ve created events for everyone from Microsoft to HRH Princess Anne (she was amused).

Our Promise To You

We’ve been doing this hire a comedian thing since 1998, we’re pretty confident we’ve got the hang of it.

In fact, we’re so confident we can delight both you and your audience, we guarantee that fact or you get your money back.

No other company offers you that kind of promise.

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Now, are you in the following situation?

Did your boss just say “Hey, why don’t we get some comedy for the Spangleton Event?” and you’re already busy and the Spangleton thing is in nine days time.

Panic not.

Your boss may not even know what kind of comedy they want (or maybe you’re the boss and just had a brilliant brainwave) – it’s our job to listen to what your requirements are, then create a proposal of perfect options.

It’s that easy. And it takes you just 3 minutes.

 

We operate a little differently to most websites you may have visited.

Let’s just pretend that instead of a website there actually really was a shop you could visit where you could hire a comedian.

How should they treat you when you arrive?

(Based on a true story)

the comedian shop SKETCH

(Or: Why do other websites just plonk you in front of hundreds of comedians?)

A SHORT SKIT ON HOW WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY

Simply hover on the speech bubbles and click the headings to progress the story.

A Common Scenario, Part 1
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YOU

"Hello, I'd like to hire a comedian, please."

SHOPKEEPER

Yeah alright. Get yourself down to the basement.
There's hundreds of em down there.
Ya might be a while.

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YOU

Jeepers!

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YOU

Hello, I'd like to hire a comedian, please.

SHOPKEEPER

Certainly Sir!
Let's spend 3 minutes understanding your requirements.
Then I can create a perfect proposal for you.

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YOU

Well that was easy.
It's pretty cool that Bespoke will do all the legwork for me.

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YOU

This proposal really is perfect!
Bespoke have created some amazing options for me.
And all in under an hour!

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HIRE COMEDIANS FOR ANY EVENT

Whether it’s corporate entertainment, a daytime conference or comedian hire for a private do – we can select just the right comedians for you.

With 25 years in the comedy industry we can select and build you a brilliant proposal of perfect talent. All it takes is a 3 minute call. Nevertheless, you’re more than welcome to browse!

We can arrange any kind of live comedy for you, from simply booking a comedian for your event, to organising an entire show featuring several acts and a compere for a seamless experience.

So, You've Had This (GREAT) Idea About Comedy BUT

What if other people have ... other thoughts on it?

(And ensure your brilliant comedy idea doesn't get squished)

WHAT KIND OF COMEDIAN CAN I HIRE?

A HUGE SELECTION OF HIGH QUALITY COMEDIANS

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Firstly, you can hire comedians ranging from the top circuit talent to the biggest names you’ve seen on TV.

And we cover the whole spectrum of comedy from squeaky-clean to something a bit edgier for post-watershed events.

You might have an idea of who you want, or we can make recommendations based on your event, budget and audience – a bit like a comedy sommelier.

Mmmm, tasty.

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THE BENEFITS OF HIRING A COMEDIAN

(OR, HOW HIRING A COMEDIAN DOES MORE THAN YOU REALISE)

Now, we could stand* here and tell you our own experiences over the last 25 years of how we have witnessed, time and time again, the power that a great comedy performance has. 

We can tell you we have seen it galvanise workforces, boost the morale of tired teams and bring people closer together by breaking down barriers and boundaries.

We could do that.

But we reckon you’re more likely to pay attention to actual real studies performed by SCIENTISTS, DOCTORS and PSYCHOLOGISTS…

 

* we’ve gone all hipster and got those standing desks

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WHAT ARE YOU HIRING A COMEDIAN FOR?

So, let’s quickly start with the basics and this will help us help you to get what (and who) you want.

Quicker than you can say “A man walked into a bar, ouch that must have hurt….hello? 

Is this thing on? I’m here all week.”

LET'S GET YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO GO

WHAT TYPE OF EVENT TYPE OR COMEDIAN FLAVOUR ARE YOU AFTER?

BROWSE THE COMEDIANS

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BUT DON'T GET OVERWHELMED

Across the site we’ve included about 200 comedians you can hire. The truth is our database is in excess of 750 high quality comedians for hire. But here’s the thing, when you want to hire a comedian, and you start looking through, after about six or seven they really all do start to blend together. A bit like when you’re trying to find a new fragrance.

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again.
Imagine if you turned up at a Hire A Comedian Shop and said to the shopkeeper “Hello, I’d like to hire a comedian, please”…
We think it would be a pretty poor show if the shopkeeper said “Certainly sir! Just go downstairs into the Comedian Hire Basement and have a look around, there’s 772 of em down there so you might be some time. Be lucky!”

A BIT LIKE JOHN LEWIS

We like to think of ourselves as a nice, helpful kind of shop. You know, like John Lewis (was? is?)We ask you a few questions and then take you right over to the perfect comedians for you to have a look at.
And there’s not a Basement in sight!

We’re really happy you’re here, and want to browse around. We hope you get inspired, but just remember, whenever you’re ready all it takes is a 3 minute call for us to do all the legwork for you and be that helpful, friendly shopkeeper. Have fun!


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YOU’RE THREE MINUTES FROM A CUP OF TEA

We’re delighted you’re browsing! But remember all it takes is a three minute call for us to gain enough information to create a perfect proposal of options for you.

Just pop your mobile or email in the box below and we’ll contact you.

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So, You've Had This Great Idea To Hire A Comedian BUT...

(How To Keep Everybody Happy)

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If you work for a big company (unless you’re the big boss lady) you may be thinking of the potential challenge of bringing up this (excellent) idea of comedy to people higher up the food chain.

Just sometimes, brilliant ideas get squished to bits, we call it:
“Death By Committee”.

Here are some potential scenarios, and how you can navigate and avoid the perils of DBC.

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Mrs Haggis, Head of HR

"Comedy is risky and could be offensive"

Perhaps Mrs Haggis is always nervous or worried about SOMETHING.

Mrs Haggis might say “Oooh, comedy, I’m not sure, it’s a bit risky isn’t it? What if ANYONE is OFFENDED?”

COMEDIAN HIRE RESPONSE

Don't you worry Mrs Haggis! Do you know Bespoke Comedy have a Letter of Commendation from when they entertained HRH Princess Anne?

Also, because Bespoke get to understand our audience and requirements they only propose talent that is perfect for our event.
Furthermore, they have a short Event Questionnaire that ensures we can state clearly all the Dos and Don'ts for our event.

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Nobody Asked Peter

"We could just watch the telly"

Peter, in IT, who has nothing to do with the decision making at all decides to chip in. “What’s the point of getting somebody off the telly to come in and do the thing they do on the telly at us? We could just watch the telly.”

COMEDIAN HIRE RESPONSE
Thanks for your input Peter! The thing is the company is called Bespoke Comedy and they are all about ensuring the comedy is personalised to us.

Because they have a brilliant (and fun) questionnaire which we fill in.
Then, their team of award winning writers ensure that our event is about us.

It's less about being performed 'at' and more like we're included, because it's personalised. That means we get a unique, wonderfully memorable experience.
Also, you have some mayonnaise on your hoodie.
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Ms Askwith, Head of People

"I've been to comedy, it's AWFUL"

Then there’s Ms Askwith, who has that job where nobody really understands what they do, she might say “I went to a comedy club once, and it was awful, everybody was shouting and the comedians were offensive and terrible.”

COMEDIAN HIRE RESPONSE
That sounds bloody awful Ms Askwith. However, there is a massive difference between a Saturday night comedy show open to the public, where they let large groups of hen and stag do's in and a corporate comedy event.

Remember, that comedians performing at public gigs have no reason to modify their material.
Bespoke Comedy only use talent with years of corporate comedy experience under their belts.

Comedy comes in many forms and comparing rowdy public gigs to corporate events is like comparing chalk with chimichangas.
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Mr Beans, CFO

"This sounds expensive and frivolous"

Mr Beans in accounts, who always wants receipts for everything, even that 50p hot chocolate, might say “But this is going to be expensive! It sounds frivolous! What’s the point?”

COMEDIAN HIRE RESPONSE
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised on costs, old bean.
Let's pretend we were going to take all our employees to a decent comedy club. The ticket price is around £30 a head. Now this is a public show, remember. So that means it isn't personalised to us and we're mixed in with other people.

Bespoke Comedy offer a private, tailored and unique experience that can be less than the expense of going to a public club!

How do you like those apples?
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Mr Jackson, Head of Sales

"My mate can do it"

Jackson strides into your office and places one foot on your desk. He says "Leave this to me, I’m connected. I know comedy, my pal Steve is a comedian, he says he can do the gig for £200.

COMEDIAN HIRE RESPONSE
Jackson, please get your foot off my desk. Thank you.

Here's the thing, I don't doubt your mate Steve can come and 'do our gig'. But, has he got at least fifteen years corporate comedy experience and at least two TV appearances under his belt? Because Bespoke Comedy use that level of talent as a minimum.

They do this because the margin for error and our audience getting very #sadface, increases exponentially under that amount of experience.

Baz (from the warehouse)

"Topdealz has 117 comedians for £413"

Baz stands at your office door, not wanting to bring the dust of the warehouse in.
"You look lovely today and I, er, overheard Ms Askwith say you was doing some comedy. Well, I've found this website, PopNutz, and it says 117 comedians are available RIGHT NOW, and they are all £413 or less. Want me to sort it for ya?"

COMEDIAN HIRE RESPONSE
Thank you for sharing Baz, it's great you want to help but I think I'm ok.
See, first off, WHO exactly are these comedians? I've no doubt some must be good, but do you really want me to wade through 117 profiles and videos?

And, hang on, let me bring up this site. Right, I'm pretty sure we don't want either a singing waiter or a tribute to Fawlty Towers and I've never heard of Nigel Smith the Adult Comedy Cabaret Artiste.

The thing with Bespoke Comedy is, they don't treat comedians as 'suppliers' that can simply be listed in bulk.
So, instead of making anyone grind through a whole load of talent that may well be inappropriate for us, they have a quick 3 minute call with me.

They understand my needs and requirements and then send a perfect proposal of talent that is a brilliant fit for our event.
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Mrs Baskerville, CEO

"What if it goes wrong?"

Finally, Mrs Baskerville, might simply say “But what if it GOES WRONG?! Who are these people? How do we know they can deliver?”

COMEDIAN HIRE RESPONSE
Hello, Mrs Baskerville, you look lovely today, by the way.

So, Bespoke Comedy have been making funny happen for over 25 years.

They have run thousands of corporate shows to everyone from Microsoft, Accenture, PwC, Google and Nvidia.

They are so confident in what they do, they are the only company in the UK that offers a money back guarantee if we are not delighted.

Also, there are hundreds of amazingly positive real reviews on LinkedIn.

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Remember, even if it's cloudy, the sun is always shining

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How do I hire a comedian with Bespoke Comedy?

You click one button and we call you to discuss requirements. It takes under an hour to create a perfect proposal of options for you. At Bespoke you deal with real people, not endless form filling!

How much does it cost to hire a comedian?

The minimum cost is 750-1000, which is seasonal. This cost represents the minimum calibre of talent required to ensure your event goes without a hitch. In our experience, under this calibre and fee, you run the risk of things going ‘not so well’.

What should I look for when hiring a comedian?

Ideally, you want to see video of at least one TV appearance and positive press quotes from established papers. Also, search their name plus “review” on Google. Anyone without decent footage and press is a risky choice.

How long does a comedian perform for?

A standard set is 20 minutes, some comedians do extended sets of 40 minutes. However, for private bookings, anything longer than this (pendent on the environment) can lead to the audience getting a bit fidgety. Short is sweet!

Do comedians host awards events?

Yes! Because of their innate skills with the crowd, ability to improvise and create laughter a comedian is an ideal choice to keep your awards ceremony bouncing along.

Can a comedian perform at a conference?

Yes! As long as the groundwork is done to ensure the right segue is made between ‘the business bit’ and ‘the funny bit’ then comedians are expert at livening up a corporate conference.

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