Emceeing, training, and panel Hosting
An emcee for your event you can rely on when the unexpected happens.
With over 20 years experience as improviser and emcee of the Tokyo Comedy Store shows in Tokyo, Chris combines the voice of a professional narrator with the improvisational and crowd-working skills of a comedy show host to bring a smooth and polished performance to entertainment, science and technology events, including Pioneers Festival, Vienna, the International World Cup of Street Performers, Fintec Summit, Tokyo, Pioneers Asia, Tokyo, and Tokyo American Club and Australian Embassy shows. Events sponsored by Nomura Holdings, The Nikkei Weekly, and the Economic Ministry of Japan.
Skills as an improvisor come in handy during the inevitable glitches during events when the host must cover for speakers who are running late, or for elaborate set changes.
Fluency in three languages, English, Japanese, and Spanish, allow for communication with local production staff, facilitating backstage meetings and problem-solving.
Training for your speakers
With over 40 years experience in public speaking (yes, he began in grade school!), and 20-plus years as an improvisor, Chris is delighted to have had the opportunity to share secrets of presentation with speakers from Tokyo to Vienna. His unique workshop Improvising Out of Your Mistakes uses improvisation techniques and exercises to put speakers through their paces in a fun and challenging way. They must juggle interference, the introduction of new subjects, and calls to stretch their emotional range while delivering their pitch or speech.
This gets rid of the rote-memorization problems of being unable to deal with mistakes or distractions, and also having a one-size-fits-all approach to public speaking. Flexibility, expressivity, and verbal dexterity are developed with exercises that the workshop attendees can take back home with them.
An expert interviewer who actually listens to answers and responds accordingly due to years of improvisation, Chris is an avid follower of the latest trends in tech and science, he can moderate panel discussions or field audience questions with ease.
Years hosting the Tokyo Comedy Store's Improvazilla Show have resulted in a relaxed and warm interview style, with a sense of humor thrown in for good measure. Your panelists will feel comfortable with their host, and that they're really being listened to, which makes for a more lively and informative panel discussion.