Brian Atkinson is a comic, voice artist, actor, MC, and speaker. His sharp, smart comedic style has been a hit at clubs, corporate events, and festivals across the country including Bonkerz, Dr. Grins, Sunday Night Funnies, Punchlines and Gilda's Laugh Fest.
A former radio personality, Brian's confident and engaging storytelling welcomes everyone to “gather 'round the fire.” As a voice actor, you can find his audio books on Audible, as well as Amazon and iTunes. He has a lot of t-shirts.
Brian has appeared as a host, awards presenter, and MC for organizations and events, including the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids Honor Awards, Artworks, Barbershop Harmony Society Pioneer District conventions and contests, Festival of the Arts, Great Lakes Chorus performances, and the Internet Ministry Conference where he brings a brightness and ready wit to the stage and microphone. He promises a great time for all in attendance and he looks pretty good in a tux.
Why Clean Comedy?
Clean comedy appears to be more difficult than ingesting a controlled substance and indulging in an unfortunate Tourette syndrome attack for a few minutes. If you've been to an open mic night, you probably know what I mean. I've always found sharp, witty comedy much funnier. The great thing about my clean comedy is that it can make anyone laugh. From the young and conservative to older and wilder – anyone can enjoy my clean comedy. Since it's not going to offend anyone, you can be sure I'm right for your audience.
A friend asked me once if I used my sense of humor as an intelligence test – and while not far off the mark, I do reach a pretty broad audience.
What People Are Saying About Brian Atkinson's Clean Comedy and MC Work
Whether he's talking about the time he almost got the job as the Chicago Cubs field announcer or his solution for repairing our street's pothole problem Brian Atkinson has a unassuming manner about him. He has a likeability not unlike that of an old friend who's sharing an amusing anecdote- just much funnier! Brian was also gracious enough to fill in on short notice to close one of the nights of the Sunday Night Funnies Kingpin of Comedy competition and did a great job!
– Brian Borbot, Booker and Host, Sunday Night Funnies
Brian Atkinson commands a room with his charming personality and impressive voice. I've watched him expertly emcee several events over the past two years. He is able to present a clear message to an audience in a professional manner while also injecting humor in a way the audience will not forget. If you are seeking a witty and professional master of ceremonies he's your man.
– Will Oltman – Will Juggle
Brian is someone who takes pride in delivering the best presentation he can. He is professional in his delivery, exudes confidence and knows and understands the demographics of the audience he is working with. Brian is an excellent communicator and is always well prepared. I have recommended Brian for another event and am confident in doing so because of his ability to make any show a success by how he masters his presentation and delivery.
– Elizabeth Bovard, Executive Vice President, Builders Exchange of Michigan
Brian has been the Emcee for a number of Pioneer District Contest sessions. Brian's style and his excellent voice keep the attention of the audience, and his humor, sometimes a bit offbeat, is very entertaining. The audience at a contest ranges from 400-600 people, men, women and children, which means all material must be G-rated. Brian understands that and has never stepped over the line. Also, Brian has been the Emcee for various Barbershop Chapter gatherings. He adapts to a very informal style, and ad libs when necessary.
– Roger Lewis, Events Director, Pioneer District, 2002-2003 Barbershop Harmony Society President
Brian Atkinson emcees for the Internationally ranked Great Lakes Chorus. His unique brand of family friendly comedy keeps the show moving and audiences upbeat and entertained. The true key to Brian's success as a front man his attention to detail and organizational preparation – and of course – his vibrant personality and fabulous voice! I would highly recommend Brian for your next event as a stand-up artist or emcee.
– Jim Carey, Director, Great Lakes Chorus
When Brian started MC'ing our events the tenor of the program changed. His inviting voice, physical presence, humorous banter all brought together a cohesive program. He plans ahead well then delivers in a fun, easy and comedic manner. If there are delays in the show he knows how to fill the space and has the audience laughing at his jokes and stories. I can honestly say that his leadership in the performances adds to the professionalism of the event. It is an added bonus that his easy-going style, excellent speaking voice adds entertainment to the show!.
– Netty Cove, Board Member, Artworks