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Harry Freedman

Specializing In "Authoritative" Corporate Imposters,
Host-Emcee & Custom Corporate Videos

Bio

Introduced as a "knowledgeable authority" on any subject, Harry Freedman convinces audiences he is an industry expert, government official, or new "consultant." Everyone is completely fooled until they are roaring with laughter! With three decades of professional experience, Harry carefully screens his material to make sure it is tasteful, clean, funny, and right on the mark.

Perhaps the only individual ever to have been profiled in the business sections of the New York Times, Miami Herald, Newsday, and the Int'l Herald Tribune, and introduced as one of the nation's leading experts on any subject, Freedman convinces audiences he is an industry expert, government official or new "consultant".

Harry is also a regular opening act for Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) and has worked with some of the top names in show business including Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Paul Reiser, Drew Carey, Rosie O'Donnell and with baseball announcer Tim McCarver as a Sports Doctor on One on One Sports Radio. He has written for Caroline's Comedy Hour and various Showtime specials and also directed the short film 30 Minutes - The HMO, a fake newsmagazine investigation into HMOS. It was featured at the 2006 New York International Independent Film Festival.

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Customized Corporate Put-Ons

Introduced as a "knowledgeable authority" on any subject, Harry Freedman realistically convinces audiences he is an industry expert, government official or new "consultant". Harry will create for you the deliciously believable "imposter/expert" of your choice that will have everyone completely fooled until they are roaring with laughter!

WHAT IS A PUT-ON?
Bringing in Harry to play the part of an industry expert or newly hired executive. He starts off for real, but after a few minutes of his outrageous quips, everyone realizes they've been had - and they love it!

CAN IT WORK FOR ANY GROUP OR ORGANIZATION?
ABSOLUTELY! Each of Harry's put-ons is completely customized to the client's need and situation. Sometimes the "spoof" takes the form of poking fun at a general topic you agree on with Harry; sometimes it's poking fun at specific people that you and Harry select. In either case, you can rest assured it will be a hit with your group.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Revitalization: Nothing refreshes a group better then laughter - as everyone emerges re-energized, ready to tackle new challenges.

Facilitating Transition: From planning to implementation, from completion to beginning, or from work to relaxation, it's the perfect way to refocus a group on new goals or activities.

Friendship & Teamwork: Strangers instantly connect, co-workers come closer, and barriers of rank take a break. There's a glow that remains and fosters better communication and cooperation.

Sample Characters from Harry's Customized Corporate Put-ons include:

  • The Frugal Economist
  • India China Expert
  • Political Spin Doctor
  • Technology Expert/Futurist
  • Health Care Expert
  • Insurance Industry Expert
  • Education Expert
  • Real Estate Expert
  • Banking/Financial Expert
  • Legal Expert
  • Construction Industry Expert
  • Food Industry Expert
  • Environmental Expert
  • Credit Card Expert  [more...]

Customized Corporate Put-Ons

Introduced as a "knowledgeable authority" on any subject, Harry Freedman realistically convinces audiences he is an industry expert, government official or new "consultant". Harry will create for you the deliciously believable "imposter/expert" of your choice that will have everyone completely fooled until they are roaring with laughter!

WHAT IS A PUT-ON?
Bringing in Harry to play the part of an industry expert or newly hired executive. He starts off for real, but after a few minutes of his outrageous quips, everyone realizes they've been had - and they love it!

CAN IT WORK FOR ANY GROUP OR ORGANIZATION?
ABSOLUTELY! Each of Harry's put-ons is completely customized to the client's need and situation. Sometimes the "spoof" takes the form of poking fun at a general topic you agree on with Harry; sometimes it's poking fun at specific people that you and Harry select. In either case, you can rest assured it will be a hit with your group.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Revitalization: Nothing refreshes a group better then laughter - as everyone emerges re-energized, ready to tackle new challenges.

Facilitating Transition: From planning to implementation, from completion to beginning, or from work to relaxation, it's the perfect way to refocus a group on new goals or activities.

Friendship & Teamwork: Strangers instantly connect, co-workers come closer, and barriers of rank take a break. There's a glow that remains and fosters better communication and cooperation.

Sample Characters from Harry's Customized Corporate Put-ons include:

  • The Frugal Economist
  • India China Expert
  • Political Spin Doctor
  • Technology Expert/Futurist
  • Health Care Expert
  • Insurance Industry Expert
  • Education Expert
  • Real Estate Expert
  • Banking/Financial Expert
  • Legal Expert
  • Construction Industry Expert
  • Food Industry Expert
  • Environmental Expert
  • Credit Card Expert

Character samples:

Posing as a Business Expert:
"I think I've been asked to speak today in order to help clear up these kinds of issues. After all, I think we've all heard the expression: Those that can do - do. Those that can't do - teach. And those that can't teach - consult. And those that can't consult, recruit those that can do, which I think pretty much should explain the whole thing."

Posing as a Real Estate Expert:
"You can get publicity in the building industry by avoiding glitzy fads and going back to traditional building materials that have proven themselves over the years ... like asbestos for example. I say if asbestos was good enough for us when we were kids, it should be good enough for our kids today."

Posing as an Environmental Expert:
"If the spotted owl is so rare, how is it that they keep getting spotted? Obviously, the fact we know they even exist means there's more then enough of them to go around."


Additional Services:

Conference Video Summation
Harry videotapes the entire conference and injects humor and warmth into a highlight reel to help close the event with an incredible bang.

Emcee & Stand-Up
Harry keepsit light and moving, and as with everything he does, he customizes like crazy.

The Ultimate Tribute Video
It is essentially a humorous (but  moving) tribute to your company or association. This is filmed BEFORE the event, and it's an incredible way to celebrate your company's history or honor an individual.

Video Interviews
Filmed at the conference, he asks carefully scripted questions to six-eight atttendees, officers, et al. and edits the responses to make a hilarious video.

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What Clients are Saying

We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. At KPMG Forensic, we are in the business of preventing and detecting fraud, and much to my surprise, you were able to fool our top notch investigators. It was a great way to build team moral while "poking fun" at ourselves. I appreciate the time you took with me to achieve a high-level understanding of our people and business. Thank you for a job well done.

–KPMG

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We thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. At KPMG Forensic, we are in the business of preventing and detecting fraud, and much to my surprise, you were able to fool our top notch investigators. It was a great way to build team moral while "poking fun" at ourselves. I appreciate the time you took with me to achieve a high-level understanding of our people and business. Thank you for a job well done.

–KPMG

I can see why you are referred to as the 'king of the corporate put-on' ... I am pleased to report that you received a grade of A+ from your audience.

–Chevron Products Co.

Everyone got stressed out when we introduced an economist after dinner at the NY Stock Exchange, but you quickly had them roaring!

–Oppenheimer Fund

Your VIDEO was not just funny, it perfectly captured the spirit of ISES. What a fabulous way to end our conference! Thanks for making me look good!

–International Society of Special Events

Your presentation took many, if not all, of our attendees by surprise. They are still talking about it! Those present were very impressed with your delivery and enjoyed your humor and the entertainment you provided. It was wonderful to see the laughter in the room and the atmosphere you created definitely fit in with our networking and collaboration mission. All of us especially enjoyed how you poked fun of key Board members based on the profiles that I provided you. I also wanted to express my gratitude to customizing your presentation to fit the cyber security mission of the FS-ISAC. Your research of technical terms and how you used them in your talk in hilarious juxtapositions with common language was particularly effective.

–FS-ISAC

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