About Dave Schwensen

Dave is the author of How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider’s Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy (Backstage Books, NYC), Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works (Allworth Press, NYC), and Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians & Humorous Speakers (North Shore Publishing, Chicago/Cleveland).

His credits include Talent Coordinator for the television show A&E’s An Evening At The Improv, The Hollywood and New York City Improv Comedy Clubs, and Assistant to Improv founder Budd Friedman.

With The Improv in Hollywood and New York, Dave coordinated talent showcases and auditions for major television shows, networks and film studios. Included in this list are The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Disney, Paramount, MTV, VH-1, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Showtime and more.

Dave is also a former manager of The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant. He’s worked in the comedy industry for almost three decades and decided to do one comedy workshop in 1994. They’ve continued since.


Dave has extensive experience within the New York, Hollywood and Midwest regions as a college and corporate booking agent, (comedians, speakers and variety acts), talent manager, publicist, radio host, entertainment journalist and award-winning newspaper humor columnist. In addition to his comedy workshops and business seminars – which have been held in major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco – Dave has designed and instructs business courses in communications and presentation skills for Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, and other “halls of higher learning.”

Yes, he really can be called The Nutty Professor!


As a consultant, trainer and keynote speaker on the topics of communication and presentation skills, Dave presents Talking For Success for businesses and special interest groups. These programs focus on the value of employing humor and personal creativity as conversational tools to build professional and personal relationships, increase networking skills, and improve customer service. He also teaches these skills to students grades 6 -12, colleges and universities, via video conferences through The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC).

Dave is a two-time Pinnacle Award Winner for excellence in learning programs. Okay, the official letter said…

“Awarded for remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.” Thank you CILC!


In addition to his books on the comedy industry…

Dave is the author of The Beatles At Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert and The Beatles In Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts. Both books are recognized best-sellers, having charted in the National Top 40 for Biographies and Memoirs on Amazon.com. The Beatles In Cleveland hit No.1 for Items Sold In Northern Ohio.

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Adding to his career as a corporate and college speaker and entertainer, his live program, The Beatles: Makin’ The 60’s FAB & The Concert Experience is a humorous, musical, and educational history tour through the 1960’s. This is a popular presentation for corporate events, junior and senior high schools, colleges, universities, festivals and special interest groups.

He has been interviewed on numerous national and regional television and radio programs including The Beatle Years, Breakfast with the Beatles and Beatle Brunch. He is also a featured author at the New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans, The Chicago Fest For Beatles Fans, The Los Angeles Fest For Beatles Fans, and Abbey Road On The River (Louisville, KY). In September 2014, he presented his program on The Beatles In Cleveland in front of a sold-out audience at The Cleveland House of Blues.


As a comedy coach, author and consultant, Dave has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, Chicago Tribune, Ohio Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer, U.S. News & World Report, InsideBiz.com Magazine and many others.

His humor book, Father’s Days… And Nights: Humorous Tales From The Front Lines Of Fatherhood, includes 20 laugh out loud articles on parenthood from his award winning newspaper humor column, Something To Laugh About!

To contact Dave send an email to dave@thecomedybook.com or use the form below…


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