Jeff Houghton is a 4 time Emmy award winning emcee, speaker, & comedian. He has partnered with everyone from Fortune 100 brands, to high capacity fundraisers raising more $100 million dollars, to varied conferences and conventions. Jeff hosted the late night talk show, The Mystery Hour, on FOX, NBC, & ABC affiliates around the country.
Jeff is known for a quick wit, an uncanny ability to read the room, and has collaborated with brands like Walmart, Boeing, Aflac, H&R Block, 7-Eleven, & more. Jeff worked at the Late Show with David Letterman, and has nearly 20 years experience in improv comedy. Many recognize Jeff from the viral hit, Instagram Husband, with more than 60 million views.
We hired Jeff to Emcee 3 days of our National Sales Meeting and he did an excellent job. These conferences can be quite dull at times, but Jeff kept it lively and fun. He had great interaction with our audience and made transitions a blast. He was incredibly easy to work with and did a great job adjusting to changes in the schedule. Can't wait to work with him again!
I was really skeptical of having an MC at our event, did not think it would make much of a difference. I was wrong Jeff helped us make this one of the best employee events we have held yet. I look forward to having Jeff host Century's future events.
Gung Ho! Jeff
We hired Jeff to do a 50th surprise birthday party "roast" and he was outstandingly hilarious! His highly creative talent is remarkable and our entire family will be forever fans!! He is naturally funny and able to think quickly on his feet!! With our family's nonstop laughter and constant "verbal interaction," he had witty comebacks and easily responded to all the unexpected chatter. Jeff knows that timing is everything and he does a stellar job with delivery.
Jeff also has an excellent team who was an integral part of the show. They all work wonderfully together-their improv is exceptional and everyone was genuinely nice.
We appreciated Jeff's professionalism, enthusiasm, organization, punctuality and flexibility. Flexibility being key with this surprise, out of state party. All of our communication with Jeff was via email, one conference call and one face to face meeting a few days before the show. We sent him numerous stories and photos about the birthday gal and he produced a "roast" as if he had known her for years!! He took an obscene amount of information and prepared it so appropriately that we will be laughing about this party for years to come.
Thank you, Jeff, and to your cohorts for the most memorable 50th ish roast ever!
Price Range: $3,000-15,000
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
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What to Expect
Jeff will happily work with you to make your event great. He'd be happy to listen, collaborate, and come up with a plan specifically for what you need. If you don't have a full plan yourself, Jeff can also come in and bring the funny no matter the circumstances. His goal is to help make an event fun, funny, and do it in such a way that everyone feels a part of it, and you feel comfortable that everyone can feel comfortable with the performance.
Jeff Houghton is a professional emcee, TV host, and comedian. He is a 4 time Emmy award winning host of the syndicated late night talk show, The Mystery Hour with Jeff Houghton, which aired on FOX, NBC, ABC, & CW affiliates around the country. Jeff and his work have also appeared on CNN, BBC, NPR, Time, Today, and more.
Jeff is known for a quick wit, an uncanny ability to read the room, make cohesive transitions, and create a “you had to be there” experience. Jeff knows both how to add the right amount of humor to a moment, and when to employ a softer touch.
Jeff travels nationally and internationally and has worked with brands like Walmart, Boeing, Aflac, H&R Block, Virgin Mobile, 7-Eleven, Fossil, Canada Goose, & Enactus in various capacities. He has also hosted high end fundraisers that have raised more than $100 million.
Jeff worked at the Late Show with David Letterman, and has more than 17 years experience in improv comedy. Many people recognize Jeff from the viral hit, Instagram Husband, which accumulated more than 60 million views, and coined a worldwide term.
Jeff loves to really dig in and get to know an event ahead of time, in order to be less of a hired gun, and more of an invested, personalized part of the event. He will care about your event as much as you do.
Originally from Iowa City, IA, Jeff has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and Springfield, Missouri, where he is based now.
Jeff hosts The Mystery Hour, a syndicated late night talk show that appears on FOX, ABC, NBC and CW stations. It began as a live show that became an underground phenomenon before a wildly successful run on television show for 10 seasons. He gained experience in the industry working for the Late Show with David Letterman, appearing in nationally televised sketches.
One of Jeff's favorite things is to customize The Mystery Hour for a particular audience. He has done this for events ranging from corporate events, to company holiday parties, to large fundraisers. He can interview who you choose, have a musician from your area perform, and create humor around your company/city/loved ones. A real late night talk show just for your event??? For real. Believe it.
Jeff has hosted countless events large and small across the country in the role of emcee, and is skilled at listening to your needs and integrating his talent into what you want.
Jeff has incredible story of innovation and collaborative perseverance that he loves to share with groups with a funny, inspiring, and touching keynote. He created The Mystery Hour in the unlikely place of Springfield, Missouri and grew it into a syndicated show across the country, all while remaining in Springfield. It's an inspiring story of making something where you are, against the odds in an industry that's never heard a show coming out of the Midwest, let alone a not-big-city. Jeff loves to inspire people to chase dreams and overcome obstacles, whether external or internal.
Jeff began performing improv with The Skinny Improv in 2004, performing to great crowds every Friday and Saturday night for several years. He has been trained by iO out of Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade out of Los Angeles. He has performed hundreds of shows and often involves other talented improvisers picked for your event. A veteran of hundreds of improv shows across the country, Jeff is used to thinking on his feet and working with the changing needs of any event. He can work in any situation and make it shine.
Jeff created and starred in the viral hit, Instagram Husband, which has 60 million views and has been featured in media around the world from TIME, CNN, BBC, Refinery 29, AdWeek, Vanity Fair, NPR, Chicago Tribune, as well as outlets in China, Australia, Italy, Germany, South Korea among many others.
Jeff has created videos with 7 Eleven, Fossil, Hellman's Mayonnaise, Enactus, American National, Brawl Soap, among many more. If you want a video to accompany your event, Jeff would be a perfect choice for it.
Jeff was named 417 Magazine's entertainer of the year, has performed stand up at the legendary Comedy Store, and worked closely with actors from Westworld, Parks n Rec, Mad Men, Sportscenter, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Seinfeld, Workaholics, among others. Jeff has also been hired as a keynote speaker for a number of events from packed arenas as a commencement speaker, to convocation speaking, to conferences. Jeff is happy to travel wherever needed for your event.
Do we want to book Jeff? Heck yes, we want to book Jeff!
Jeff would be perfect for your event, whether for hosting, stand up, improv, or any combination you can dream up. Jeff is hilariously funny, while remaining friendly for all audiences
Additional Booking Notes
This can be worked on an event by event basis, ask away!
Influences & Inspiration
David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon
To be determined by the event...