Meet John Garrett

CPA-Turned-Corporate Comedian on a Mission to Shatter the Stereotype

Hi, I’m John and I’m proof that CPA’s can be funny. Really funny. I know that when it comes to corporate events, getting serious results doesn’t have to be so serious. I also know that a corporate entertainer should partner with you to make sure the entire event is a success, which means making the event about your organization. Not about me. And I know that’s exactly what I do.

The Speaker

John Garrett is a nationally recognized corporate comedian and emcee who draws on his condition as a recovering Big Four CPA to deliver messages that hit home with corporate audiences. This professional member of the National Speakers Association is on a mission to strengthen teams.

Getting serious results
doesn’t have to be so serious.

John’s clean, customized performances and observations of everyday Corporate America help teams break down barriers, foster unity, and strengthen bonds. With over 1,900 performances, he consistently gets rave reviews from conference planners and firm leaders alike for their lasting impact on employee morale and team building.

Recognizing how consumed people are in their jobs, the hilarity of everyday Corporate America and how humor transforms the morale and camaraderie of those around him, John left his cubicle to perform at corporate events across the country. Since then, John has performed for leading companies ranging from “Big Four” accounting firms to banks and technology companies to professional associations seeking an outside-of-the-box way to engage their audiences.

Tracks from his debut album, “Outside the Box,” can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora. He’s also been heard on The Bob & Tom Radio Network, featured in the New York Times, seen in concert with Train, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals.

The Accountant

He received his Certified Public Accountant Certificate from the State of Illinois after sending in 6 UPC symbols from his favorite cereal boxes. As a former CPA, Senior Financial Analyst and Business Development Director, John’s experience ranges from being an integral team member for his Big Four Firm’s largest financial services client to helping launch a startup company. No matter where he went John was that adorably obnoxious guy, too easily distracted from general ledger reports and more interested in amusing his co-workers—a good thing for his colleagues, not so much for his manager. His real world experience makes it very easy for John to relate to corporate audiences. Having been an employee in the audience of many corporate events, John knows how to deliver a presentation your team will be excited to hear.

The Person

John was born and raised in a military family, so he grew up living in five states and overseas. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a letterman jacket as trombone player in the marching band. John currently lives in Denver, and really enjoys ice cream and college football — especially at the same time.


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What John Does

John partners with you to make events better. As a former CPA, he was in the audience for more conferences and meetings than he’d like to admit so John knows exactly how to help ensure your event is fun, productive, and memorable.

  • Keynote SpeakerOpen or Close

    John’s mission is to create stronger coworker connections and client relationships by encouraging your team members to become engaged and to stand out – by giving them permission to have the confidence to be a green apple in the bin of “boring” red apples. Learn more about his message.

  • Corporate ComedyOpen or Close

    Be the office hero! Rescue your team from the expected and bring John in to deliver a new take on corporate team building. Like you, John grew tired of traditional team building events with their “trust-falls”, corny “ice-breakers” and messages from a speaker who hadn’t worked a single day in a cubicle. See him in action.

  • Game Show HostOpen or Close

    Engaged audiences are happy audiences. John can lead an interactive game show involving members of your group that always prompts big laughs. He works with you before the event to customize the game specifically for your audience. Learn more about his game shows.

  • Master of CeremoniesOpen or Close

    Protect your investment. You’ve spent a lot of time and money planning an event or conference, so why not hire a professional to partner with you to make sure the entire event runs smoothly? And he can weave in his comedy and game show, too! Find out more.


When the team planning this event had informed me that we were hiring a comedian, I took it at face value… But the outcome was much more profound than I had expected…Even weeks after your performance, it’s amazing to see how this event has lent more levity and cohesiveness to our team.

John’s quick wit, clean humor, and ability to pick up small yet funny details made it enjoyable for all. We’d love to have him back…next week!

Garrett is sharp, wry, quick, and clean – everything you could possibly hope for and more. He is a breeze to work with in shaping his presentation and is naturally funny to be around even before he steps into the spotlight.

If you are looking for a fun and different way to build company morale, treat your employees and share a common laugh, invite John Garrett to join your event. You won’t be disappointed!

As a meeting planner, it’s such a good feeling to hear throughout the conference the wonderful things people were saying about you. Thank you for helping make us look so good!

Most impressive was John’s ability to incorporate material from the event into his set. His witty delivery and ability to incorporate the entire program into his performance was an unexpected bonus.

John’s professionalism, preparation style and performance execution was, quite simply, STUPENDOUS! I would highly recommend John for any corporate event that could use some fast-pace, high-charged comic relief. He’ll go above and beyond to connect with your group and will deliver a performance that people will be talking about long after your event is over.

In the days following our event, I received many phone calls from our clients praising your sharp wit and ability to find humor in everyday situations.

I cannot think of a better way to have ended our anniversary event than with your humor. I, along with the attendees, was most impressed with your customization to our event and our audience. You definitely made us shine and we thank you!

Corporate Events

John is a corporate entertainer on a mission: to help teams break down barriers, foster unity, and strengthen bonds. He simply does it with a different approach: laughter.

Learn more about John’s unique Comedy That Connects


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