David Glickman has been a professional speaker and entertainer for over twenty five years and has presented over 2000 programs. Before transitioning from “show business” to “business shows,” he worked with everyone from The Beach Boys to Steve Martin and performed at private parties for singer Gloria Estefan and former President Jimmy Carter.
He has appeared on “Evening At The Improv” and several other national television shows—including the national PBS special “Miami Comedy Fest,” for which he also served as the Executive Producer.
Not content to rely solely on outside opportunities for bookings during those years, David opened his very own comedy club in Miami. Despite its unlikely location in the lounge of a Howard Johnson hotel, the club grew into the most popular comedy venue in Miami.
One club led to another, and eventually David was operating a chain of comedy clubs, both in South Florida and in Atlantic City casinos. His entrepreneurial skills paid off, as the clubs continued to thrive and received praise in Rolling Stone Magazine and other publications.
There was a larger benefit for David, though, as the clubs served as a constant platform for his creating and customizing large volumes of material on a regular basis. This was the key to his gradual pivot from comedy stages to corporate stages.
In the late 1990’s, David moved full-time into professional speaking. Since that time he has been able to share innovative strategies with his corporate audiences for creating an incredible Work-Laugh Balance. He is an expert in “finding the funny” in the wide array of companies and associations to whom he has spoken—and translates that humor into a powerful keynote message that resonates with audiences everywhere.
In 2011, David received the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. This is the highest earned designation awarded by the National Speakers Association, achieved by less than 10% of professional speakers.
In 2016, David was awarded the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) and inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. This is a lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. To date, 232 men and women have received this honor.
In additional to his live programs, David also operates “Funnier Speeches,” America’s only writing service that specializes in ‘punching up’ speeches with humor.
David makes his home in Tampa, Florida with his wife and two sons. They are also very funny.
Note to Meeting Planners: Please do not use this biography for David’s On-Stage Introduction! It is way too long for a stage intro and your audience will be asleep by the fourth paragraph. Instead, use this On-Stage Introduction which is much shorter. You will also find much shorter, edited versions of this Biography to use in your event brochure if you GLICK here.