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Speaker Danny Johnson has led a dual track career - achieving success in corporate america AND in comedy! His talks uplift audiences of all kinds. They deal with topics such as job interviews as well as dealing with stress and weight loss.

For almost two decades Danny Johnson’s hilarious stand-up has entertained audiences at corporate events and churches. Danny’s clean humor will boost morale and motivate your group to bring levity to everyday stressful situations.

As a humorous and motivational speaker Danny Johnson encourages his audience to “Laugh your way stress-free”. By walking his audience through the hilarity of him losing 50 pounds, unbelievable customer service interactions, his fascination with infomercials, his 90 year old grandmother dating, and much more.

In addition, he is the author of “You Stink and They Know It!” – A practical guide to nailing your next job interview. The tips and tricks Danny provides are based on his two decades of experience working in corporate America, specializing in recruiting and retaining top talent. As such, he has facilitated countless job interviews, as well as written interview questions for all levels of employment. The combination of his corporate experience and his study of human behavior through comedy allow him to guide people through the sometimes challenging Career Development aspect of one’s career – and he makes it an enjoyable time!

Danny’s accomplishments include starring in over a dozen TV commercials, working as a voice over artist in a variety of industries and appearing on Comedy Central, Comcast, NBC. Keynote speaker Danny Johnson is recognized for his humor as the winner of several prominent comedy contests.

Often called a cross between Jackie Gleason and Jerry Seinfeld; Danny’s show is relatable, entertaining, and always leaves the audience inspired to see life’s little events at home and work, in a humorous light.

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    “You Stink!”

    • On a more serious note, Danny Johnson examines three keys to experiencing a rich and fulfilling career. He will address what it takes to fulfill your career aspirations, stand out among your peers, laugh along the way, learn from your mistakes, and embrace the process of career advancement.
    • Speaker Danny Johnson will walk you through his own misconceptions about career development, the keys to truly accomplishing your career goals, and having fun along the way.

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    Being Fat and Fit

    • Danny Johnson’s comedy walks you through his childhood struggles with weight and food. At one point Danny was 270 pounds – no muscle, just person.
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07.12.2018

Interview with Danny Johnson

What got you interested in doing comedy?

Several things.

  • The first time I made someone laugh.
  • Seeing comedians on late night TV.
  • Growing up the oldest of 5 children.  

The first time I made someone laugh I couldn’t have been more than 10 years old.  I just remember how good it felt, how powerful it was that I was able to change someone’s mood. It was fun.  It’s what drives me to this day.

I was blown away the first time I saw a comedian on late night TV.  Seinfeld, Rickles, Carlin, etc. It was the first time I’d seen someone make a large group of people laugh, I was mesmerized.

I am the oldest child in my family. Eventually, growing up the oldest of 5. Add in various half and step siblings, and I am the oldest of roughly 12 – give-or-take a few, I stopped counting. I used to imitate relatives at family gatherings, put on sketches with my friends, all in an effort to get laughs – or attention.

Looking back, I often wonder if me starting to try and make people laugh is related to the fact that as our family grew, the attention that was on me was now shared with my siblings. Perhaps this was my effort to hog more of the limelight. I could be overanalyzing. I do however, remember how great it felt going from making my best friend laugh to making a larger group of people laugh – even if they were my family.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest challenge I’ve overcome is my fear of public speaking. Like most comedians, I’m an introvert. I’ve yet to meet a good comedian who is also the “life of the party,” hamming it up off stage. I had been performing for my family for years as a child and kept notebooks full of jokes, sketches, ideas, etc. into my early 20’s, but had never stepped on stage due to my fear of public speaking.

Shortly after graduating from the University of South Florida, I unknowingly moved less than 10 miles from the largest comedy club in that area of the country.  The club offered a workshop for aspiring comedians. I joined and was immediately hooked. I made great friends, had plenty of stage time, and learned so much about myself and the world of comedy. What was my biggest fear, has now become the only place I feel comfortable in life, on stage.

In your talks you use comedy to relieve stress. What are some other things you do/would recommend to avoid stress?

I don’t know if I’d advise people to avoid stress.  Stress or friction in your life often leads to growth.  I think you should always look to reduce stress, remove stressful things from your life, and learn how to handle stressful situations that may come up. I believe it is all in how we look at situations and to truly take ownership of how we feel about any given thing that may come up in life. Never stress over things you cannot control. Remove toxic things from your life. Take care of yourself.  Most importantly, never underestimate the positive physical, chemical, emotional, and spiritual impact of laughter.

Who or what inspires you most?

I love my giant, crazy family. Each of whom inspire me in a different way. My son inspires me every day. Lastly, anyone who loves what they do for a living is an inspiration.

What kinds of clients have you worked with in the past?

I’ve had the privilege of working with such a wide variety of clients. Comedy clubs, churches, charity events, fundraisers. Specific clients include Toyota, Whole Foods, MLB’s Atlanta Braves, Mitsubishi, and a host of others.

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