A native San Diegan, I’ve been performing comedy since 1995, specializing in corporate events and as a master of ceremonies and auctioneer for charity benefits.
I am so happy that we hired Tony Calabrese to MC/Auctioneer our fundraising event. He was thoughtful and professional prior and during to the event, and then during the event adapted as we need to make changes and was very well liked by the crowd because he was funny in the moment as well as knowing what he was talking about because he had taken the time to know what he was auctioning off for us .. and how much it should come in for. He also helped with the silent auction and the flow of the evening and suggesting what items should go where and in what order. He was AWESOME!
We selected Tony for our fundraising event and he was an excellent MC and Auctioneer who raised more money than we expected. He was very professional in preparing for the event and very likeable with all of our audience. He cracked jokes on the spot and had everyone laughing and kept them engaged for the whole event.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
As an Emcee or Auctioneer for charity events I know the primary goal is raising funds. My experience, professional background and sense of humor will help your organization attain maximum results. As a corporate comedian I'll have your employees laughing and feeling great. My humor is PG to PG-13 depending on the environment and what the client asks for.
A native San Diegan, Tony Calabrese has been performing comedy since 1995, specializing in corporate events and as a master of ceremonies and auctioneer for charity benefits.
At 55 years of age, he has been married for 34 years, in a row, and has two grown sons and three grandchildren. He talks about life, marriage, kids, grandkids, the corporate world, and the trials and tribulations of staying in top physical condition.
Tony has spent 36 years as a banker in San Diego and is the former President and CEO of Point Loma Community Bank and Sunrise Bank of San Diego. He most recently worked as Market Manager for AmericanWest Bank. He was also the former President and CEO of The Combined Health Agencies of San Diego County. His humorous experiences in the business, banking and finance arena have made him a favorite speaker of businesses and service clubs across San Diego County.
In 1996, Tony founded ComedyWorks, a company that provided comedians, masters of ceremonies, and auctioneers to charity organizations for fund raising efforts. In 1997, he created a "Humor in the Workplace" seminar with curriculum designed to teach employees to be more productive by using humor to think creatively.
In 2002, with three other partners, Tony merged ComedyWorks into Comedy Incorporated and continues his fundraising and charity efforts. Comedy Incorporated's "Benefit in a Box" has been used by dozens of organizations to hold comedy night benefits. To date Comedy Incorporated emcees, auctioneers and comedy night benefits have helped local non-profits generate over two million dollars.
He performs regularly at The Comedy Store, The Comedy Palace, The Madhouse Comedy Club and other local clubs and venues. Tony also teaches standup comedy at the Point Loma Actors Studio.
Tony is also an ordained minister and performs wedding celebrations and funeral services. He has also performed comedy wedding ceremonies and comedy funeral roasts and is able to tailor any event to fit the clients needs.
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Influences & Inspiration
Rodney Dangerfield, Johnny Carson, Jack Benny, Bill Cosby. George Carlin, Jackie Gleason, Jonathan Winters to name a few.
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