Brian Atkinson Comedian

Brian Atkinson Comedian

Brian Atkinson is a comedian, voice actor, singer, and former radio personality. Brian commands the stage with his voice and confident, engaging storytelling. His good guy persona occasionally gives way to blunt and unexpected twists.

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Brian’s sharp, smart comedic style has been a hit at clubs, contests, corporate events, and festivals across the country including Bonkerz, Crackers, Comedy Cabaret, Dr. Grins, One Night Stan’s, Punchlines, Sunday Night Funnies, The Funny Stop, and Gilda’s Laugh Fest, and he was a Semi-Finalist in The 2019 Funniest Person in Grand Rapids contest. Brian is also one of the two founders and host of the comedy partnership Clean Comedy Time performing for clubs, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate events. Originally from Chicago, Brian is a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan. Brian and his lovely wife Holly live in Grand Rapids, MI. He has a lot of t-shirts.

Brian appeared as a serial killer in a Lifetime Movie Network movie and as a voice on the Sprout PBS Kids Network (on the same day). As a voice actor, you can find his audio books on Audible, as well as Amazon (Sunstone, Cuban Chickie Boom) and iTunes.

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Reviews

What People Say About Brian Atkinson’s Clean Comedy

We hired Brian Atkinson as the comedian for our company holiday party. But, then we had to cancel it. We rescheduled a full year later, and what a wonderful night! Brian performed material that was funny, appropriate, and special to us. He crafted some of his jokes after an interview with us, making sure he knew who we are and what would make us laugh. He was worth the wait!

Sarah McNamara, Benefit Specialist, ArtiFlex Manufacturing

Brian Atkinson performed a headline set of Clean Comedy at our Labor Day weekend entertainment event. Our campground was founded by the Free Methodist Church and many of our campers choose us because of the Christian environment. Brian understood our needs and answered our every request to shape his material for our audience. His comedy was not only clean, it was family-friendly and worked well for adults and children alike. I would be glad to recommend Brian Atkinson for anyone who needs a clean comedian.

Dave Luke, Camp Director, Somerset Beach Campground

What a pleasure having Brian Atkinson at our private event for seniors. Brian’s witty thinking, positive attitude, and compelling voice allowed him to persevere with twists from audience participation. With his immediate personalized connection to our group, he had everyone engaged through relatable storytelling, entertained with clean jokes, and laughing at the punch line for the full hour. We were honored to have Brian as a guest at our program and we look forward to working with him again soon.

Monica Turnbull, CTRS, Senior Enrichment Manager, Pioneer Resources

Brian Atkinson entertained at our company anniversary dinner. He was very responsive to our needs throughout the process and when show time came, he kept everyone laughing with his clean comedy and some jokes just for us. When the hotel conference room sound system didn’t work, he never missed a beat and filled the room with his voice. I would happily recommend Brian Atkinson for any corporate event.

Anne Stephens, Vice President, Quality Air Service, Inc.

We hired Brian Atkinson as a comedian for the company Christmas party and dinner. Brian’s clean comedy was so much fun and he wrote some unique material for our team. He topped it all off with a holiday flair. Everyone had a great time and had wonderful things to say about Brian after the show. We recommend him anytime you need a comedian.

“Anonymous,” Local Doctor’s Office

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 Atkinson began emceeing for the Internationally ranked Great Lakes Chorus in 2016. 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

I have long argued that kids today learn differently. Brian’s presentation made that very clear, and also helped underline the folly of expecting people of different generations to absorb information via the same means. His presentation was clear, informative and led us on a well-directed path.
Brian is a dynamic speaker and a funny, funny fellow.
– Rhonda Swisher – Presbytery of Wyoming

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Videos

Videos


Brian Atkinson – Clean Comedy Time Holiday Showcase at Dr. Grins – 15 minutes


Brian Atkinson – One Night Stan’s Comedy Club – 7 minutes


Brian Atkinson – Funniest Person in Grand Rapids – 6 1/2 minutes


Brian Atkinson – LaughFest 2019 – 5 minutes


Brian Atkinson – Clean Comedy Demo 2018 – 6 1/2 minutes


Brian Atkinson – Voice for Radio 2018 – 2 minutes

These and even more videos: Brian Atkinson YouTube Comedy Playlist

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Clean Comedy

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.

Clean comedy is so important to me, it’s one of the reasons I co-founded Clean Comedy Time.

I owe it all to the Dick Vandyke show. There’s all these ways to write material and all of them involve some sort of surprise. In an episode of the Dick Vandyke show, Rob Petrie is Father of the Week in little Ritchie’s class.

“Ritchie is afraid that Rob will embarrass him. How can Rob show a class of first graders what a comedy writer does? (What’s he gonna do – type?).”
Father of the Week: Season 1, Episode 22, 1962 – IMDB

He explained to the kids – and to me – how comedy writing works – with a surprise. He showed the kids that simply walking into a room is not funny. But, if he walked into a room, and then – just like in the opening credits where walked into the living room and tripped over an ottoman – he did a huge pratfall, and hilariously reacted to it – that’s funny. Ritchie’s class loved it. In later episodes, after watching Rob trip over that ottoman multiple times, they added closing credits. He walks into the living room again, but this time, gracefully dances around the ottoman. Surprise!

Likewise, Mel Brooks taught me how to make fun of something we all know and love, by taking a premise to the next ridiculous level. He even made fun of comedy.

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
– Mel Brooks

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Bookings

Bookings

Clean comedy works for everyone. From the young and conservative to older and wilder, you can be sure I’m right for your audience.

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