corporate comedy shows

Men and Women of Stihl

Last Saturday night, some DCH performers were asked to perform at the Blue Mountain Equipment Annual Christmas Party. We were greeted by a slew of smiling faces and miles of barbecue and beer. The group of about 150 employees and their significant others were ready and willing to participate with us when we called them up on stage. A few of them even stole the show. It was a great night for us and them, and we were thrilled to be part of their Christmas celebration. I wanted you to know that everyone really enjoyed the show, and I mean that. Many, many positive comments! Thanks for everything! - Matt T., GM 

DCH performers posing in front of a seriously old, but seriously cool tractor at the Blue Mountain Equipment facility. It's one of only four in the nation!

Blue Mountain Equipment is the largest distributor of Stihl equipment in Texas and Oklahoma. For more information on Blue Mountain Equipment, check them out HERE! 

For more information on corporate events and private shows, contact Amanda Austin: amanda@dallascomedyhouse.com.

Farmin' Up Fun with Farmers Insurance

Last week, members of the DCH corporate team were asked to provide some much needed entertainment during the midst of the Farmers 2015 Annual Planning Meeting. Employees from Farmers welcomed the break during the middle of their planning session. So many of our corporate shows are interactive, and this one was no exception. We received a list of "pre-selected" volunteers that would be willing to be pulled up on stage as participants. And they were a blast! We were lucky to have such a great group of volunteers that made the show that much more fun for everyone involved. "It was such a huge hit and a GREAT break in the day. The way you were able to just 'jump right in' (which I guess is what your specialty is) and really incorporate the audience was fantastic, and I know they all had such a great time playing along. Your team made everyone feel 'safe' and allowed them to just have fun and be themselves. It was really neat to watch and be a part of, and I thank you again for that!"                   -Heather V., District Manager

Today, the companies comprising the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies make up one of the country's largest insurers of vehicles, homes, and small businesses and provide a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

To find out more about our corporate shows and training events, contact Amanda Austin: amanda@dallascomedyhouse.com.

Our Meetings with People Who Know Meetings

Last week, members of the DCH Corporate Team were lucky enough to join Meeting Professionals International (MPI) for a two-day summit of workshops and a show. You'd think a big group of meeting planners wouldn't be too excited about yet another meeting, but that clearly wasn't the case. We met with 70 of MPI's national and international team for an all-team improv workshop. We focused on: getting outside your comfort zone, active listening, and the power of Yes, and! Their willingness to try new things as a group was only magnified when we brought some lucky (pre-selected) volunteers on stage during our improvised comedy show. Of course, no corporate improv show is complete without some participation from the CEO and COO! Look for their names soon in lights, as their comedy debut was better than some of the amateurs we've seen!

"Our team really enjoyed the workshop and your session, it was exactly the kind of engaging activity we wanted to add to our event!"- Matt, senior director of events

Day Two was a day full of break-out sessions. DCH's artistic director lead three sessions with a focus on "Using Humor Appropriately in the Work Place." We talked about when humor is useful, but more importantly, what kind of humor works and what kind of humor doesn't. We learned a lot about each other, and laughed even more.

MPIlogo Thanks to MPI for two great days of training and fun. Their professionalism and willingness to grow individually and as a team is very much in line with their company mission: To provide MPI members, chapters and the global meeting and event community with innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and to act as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. Find out more about MPI HERE! 

For more information on corporate training and shows, contact Amanda Austin: amanda@dallascomedyhouse.comfor details on pricing and availability. 

#Ashtag Week 6: I Still Know Nothing

This week I'm continuing my foray into the world of today's popular culture. MTV aired their annual video music awards, the VMAs, over the weekend. I do not have cable, so I didn't watch them. Even in my teen years (my peak submersion into pop culture) I rarely watched the VMAs. Although, I did always tune in for the MTV Movie Awards. Who new MoonMans were still a thing?

I probably should have invaded the home of one of my cable-having friends so that I could have watched the awards show and did this piece some justice. Instead, we'll let the Internet fill me in on what happened. As it stands, most of the top searches relate to the VMAs. Blue Ivy, the toddler daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonce, apparently stole the show. Katy Perry tweeted, “OMG BLUE IVY JUST PERSONALLY WAVED AT ME. MY LIFE IS OVER.” The three-piece family hugged and smooched on stage. The audience cooed.

Miley Cyrus won for "Wrecking Ball" and sent a homeless teenager up to accept on her behalf in an effort to raise awareness of youth homelessness, a la Marlon Brando sending the Apache woman up to accept his Oscar for the Godfather. By the by, I'm part Apache and the lady that accepted for Brando kind of looked like my mom in her youth. I just like telling people that I'm part Apache. It makes me feel cool. Alright, I'm moving on. Geronimo.

In reading up on the VMAs, I came across several names that I was not familiar with like Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J. I watched their videos and it turns out that I had heard the songs before. My next sentence is going to get me some dirty looks from folks, but it's the truth. When I had heard the Ed Sheeran song in passing, I thought it was a Justin Timberlake song. My bad.

The number of presenters and performers' names that I had never heard of outnumbered the names that I did recognize. There's a girl band out there named Fifth Harmony winning awards. Who knew? I made it 40 seconds through their video, "BO$$," before I turned it off. The lyrics "Michelle Obama, purse so heavy" were on a screechy repeat. I can only take so much, folks.

I do know of Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, who were both heavily featured on the show. I read a recap describing Minaj's wardrobe malfunction as "dangerously close to revealing her upper and lower front." I'm not exactly sure why the term, "upper and lower front" made me giggle, but it did. Neither front was exposed because Nicki Minaj held her dress closed, while she sang... Rapped? I don't know.

This is actually way more clothing than we've come to expect from MTV. It's like they are Amish or something.

I haven't been able to find an actual video of it, but the reviews of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels' appearance all say it was incredibly awkward. The two were there to promote the upcoming sequel, "Dumb and Dumber To." Carrey fell off the stage doing a dance cracking a joke involving ebola. I hope we've all learned what happens when you make fun of ebola. You fall down. Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

I've spent this entire week's #Ashtag recapping the VMAs, and I'm okay with it. In looking at pictures of the red carpet, presenters, and performers, I learned that I still know very close to nothing about today's youth and what they're digging. Honestly, there are entire television shows, music genres, and celebrities that I have absolutely never heard of. So, let's meet back here next week, so I can keep getting a little less ignorant. Or a little more, depending on your perspective.

As a special note because I know you care: I made it to the A-list and I bought that house in Miami I had my eye on. #kardashian:hollywood

Ashley Bright is a graduate of the Improv Training Program at DCH and a level 3 sketch writing student. She performs every weekend at DCH.