We want to change the world one laugh at a time. It’s simple: Help people write best man and maid of honor speeches so they can feel that rush of laughter, while supporting comedians while they pursue their stand-up dreams.
Laugh Staff is a speech and copywriting company using stand-ups as writers and consultants. Laugh Staff's comedians write wedding speeches, dating profiles, greeting cards, and copy. Writing is in their blood, along with many other toxins.
We started in 2013 with wedding speeches because a wedding toast is the closest most people will ever come to doing stand-up comedy. Our comedians have written for the likes of Netflix, Comedy Central and SNL’s Weekend Update.
Born and raised in England, Tom Cowell is a New York-based stand-up comedian and full-time copywriter for Comedy Central. A real Swiss army knife when it comes to comedy.
Tom has performed at the Edinburgh and Bridgetown comedy festivals, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and at clubs and theaters all over London and New York City.
He has written funny things for MSN, The Daily Telegraph, and the Guardian, and writes a weekly comedy column “Cheap Laughs” in The Village Voice. He also has a Green Card, which entitles him to live and work freely anywhere in America without health insurance.
Give a listen to his podcast and let that British accent lift your soul.
JoAnn Schinderle graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Communication Studies & Theater Performance. Her eyes light up when common folk playfully nudge her asking ‘yah but, what are you doing with your degree?’ She proudly responds, “A lot! As a bartender and working stand up comic, I’m paying back the man one conversation and well-crafted joke at a time.”
Despite being always a bridesmaid and never a bride, JoAnn is in love with the notion of love. Fascinated with ‘how you met’ stories and those real-life-movie moments; she’s the friend you call when romance becomes beautifully complicated, the ‘should I’s’ are hard to navigate, and the excitement of marrying your best friend is too overwhelming to contain. (She should know; she’s supportively given away 2 sisters and several best friends.) JoAnn believes that every relationship is unique and should be celebrated. How you celebrate is up to you, but she suggests booze, hugs, and fierce electric slides.
As a stand up comic, JoAnn’s humor is relatable, snarky, and has a storytelling style that will make you feel like she’s your best friend letting you in a secret. She performed at SF Sketchfest, Bumbershoot, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, as well as the All Jane No Dick Festival. JoAnn has also been featured on Rooftop Comedy and recently had the opportunity to open for Lena Dunham on her 2014 ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ book tour.
Bri Pruett is a stand-up comic and improviser from Portland, Oregon. She’s appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the All Jane No Dick comedy festival, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and Bumbershoot. She’s makes regular appearances at Helium Comedy Club, Curious Comedy Theater, and other Portland showcases.
She’s the comedy sidekick, writer, and co-creator of Late Night Action with Alex Falcone, a live, talk/variety show. Along with comedy buddies Alex Falcone, Curtis Cook and Anthony Lopez she is the power quartet behind weekly comedy showcase Earthquake Hurricane. She has a background in improv and teaches these skills at Curious Comedy Theater where she’s a regular player with improv singing-ensemble: Pipes.
Bri is a monthly contributor to the ever popular Portland Mercury, Blogtown, USA, with her sex and dating column: Let’s Do It! with BriPruett. She's also published freelance pieces in Portland's Willamette Week. In 2013, Willamette Week named her one of the Funniest 5 Comedians in Portland.
So far Toby has been alive ever since he was born. Over the past two years he’s been a major contributor for brobible.com. Toby graduated from the University of South Dakota with a major in Contemporary Media and Journalism with a specialization in Advertising and Public Relations. He went on to spend a year working as a Marketing Intern at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. So if he can make prison products sound good, he can make your speech sound good. About two years ago, he moved from South Dakota to San Diego because he liked the initials SD and enjoys perfect weather.
Toby is pretty tall and been told so by strangers multiple times. While flying recently, he went three for four on free exit row upgrades due to his height, and managed to land a window seat on all three. Also, he’s been on more flights than anyone from the 1800s. It should be noted that he can write pretty much anything that comes out of his brain.
Curtis is an alumnus of the prestigious Oberlin College, where earned a degree in the college’s exclusive creative writing program. As a student, he served as president to the school’s historic forensics speech league, hosted a series of weekly, live-broadcasted radio programs, worked as copy editor and featured writer for several on-campus publications, and taught a course on the etiquette of public speaking. His greatest influences, particularly in regards to speech and writing, include Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Percival Everett, James Baldwin, Chris Rock, and Steve Martin.
Since graduating, Curtis has continued public speaking, performing in clubs and venues across the country including the Cleveland Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Exposition, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and San Francisco’s Sketchfest.
In addition to writing for Laugh Staff, Curtis has been a featured writer in several literary magazines, is a contributing writer for the live entertainment game show, Bonk, and served as a participating editor to 2011’s Swimming in the Clouds, a published collection of children’s poetry. In 2008, Curtis was ranked among the top 9 extemporaneous speakers in the state of Ohio; and in 2013, after participating in The Cleveland Ingenuity Fest and The Accidental Comedy Festival, he placed 3rd in the fifth annual Cleveland International Comedy Festival.
Curtis recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he pursues both writing and comedy performance and was recently named among 2014’s five funniest comics living in Portland, Oregon.
Kyle Ayers is a comedian and writer living in New York City. He has performed alongside anyone and everyone, such as Nick Thune, Dave Attell, Reggie Watts, Nick Vatterott, Nikki Glaser, Derrick Comedy (Mystery Team), Broken Lizard (Super Troopers), Tommy Johnagin and more. He has trained at iO and Second City in Chicago, in the improv-ing. He writes for KorkedBats.com and CBS, and has written for the Huffington Post, too. He was in the feature film Box Elder, which showed all over the country, as well as a few other flicks. He runs a comedy show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, called Game Night. He hosts the Almost (Internet) Famous sketch film awards. He has starred in numerous sketches and been featured on the front page of FunnyOrDie.com. He specializes in short, concise sentences about his comedy career. You can follow him on Twitter @KyleAyers.
Josh Womack is the co-founder of Laugh Staff and is responsible for creative direction, comedian selection and being the only staff member to be in bed by 9:00 P.M. He is an old soul with a youthful writing style who has over eight years of stand-up experience.
Transiting his talents from stand-up to the corporate world, Josh is currently a Copywriter at 96 Octane, the in-house creative studio for Progressive Insurance, and is responsible for writing digital and e-mail content. He knows Flo, but strictly on a professional level. Josh is a frequent guest blogger for wedding-related websites and you can check out some his articles below:
Combining Humor and Elegance for Your Wedding Toast
Three Toast Tips for the Father of the Bride Speech
Outshine the Best Man with you Maid of Honor Speech
If there was ever a time to accept help from someone who has seen hundreds of chick flicks and spends an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest, now would be the time. Kali Fencl has been writing for over 20 years starting at age 4 with quill and ink (you know, like most children do). She was a very prolific child and was described as a young, female Hemingway (minus the booze. Okay, except that time her mother gave her an overdose of Robitussin, but it produced some her most inspired work. The Brave Dog James was Story of the Month in Mrs. Mooney’s 1st grade class). Sweet back door brag!
But moving on, Kali joined the ranks of the “boys’ club” and has been writing her own stand-up comedy. She has street cred because she has performed in numerous establishments with many miscellaneous liquids on the floor. While she is considered super feminine because she loves a good floral print and pearls, she is a self-proclaimed “bro by extension” and can talk intelligently about video games and beer and can bullshit her way through a sports conversation. She is a weird mixture of things. Kali has written for Cleveland Scene Magazine and hits the open mics five nights a week, building a style of comedy that is both refreshing and sassy.
So let’s be real here: someone is going to ruin your friend’s wedding, but Kali will make sure it won’t be you (well, she can’t promise that. She won’t be there to monitor your alcohol intake, but she’ll make sure your speech will rock!) You were asked to be the best man, maid of honor, speech giver, etc. for a reason. Make everyone laugh, cry, and quote your speech like a Judd Apatow movie for years to come. Kali will help you and it will only cost you a piece of cake! No, wait. Actually, it will cost you money. She has student loans.
Cameron Amigo is trying to become the first member of his family to graduate college and become a comedian. He won Ohio's Best Amateur Competition - a title that has propelled his career. The awards don’t stop there; some guy at the Cleveland bus station voted Cameron as, “the funniest dude without a car." He is the co-founder of Laugh Staff and Army veteran whose greatest standup moment came during his deployment when he opened up for Bobby Henline at the Wounded Warriors Project Comedy Tour.
Cameron is currently living outside of NYC working and pursuing a career in comedy. In 2015 he was a finalist in the 360 Comedy Festival and was recently selected to be in the Winter Film Awards Comedy Contest. He's performed at Broadway Comedy Club and Greenwich Village Comedy Club as he chases the dream one joke at a time.
At a friend's wedding the following summer, Cameron was asked to do an impromptu stand-up set after a best man speech that went very badly. He impressed the crowd so much that another wedding-goer asked him for assistance with an upcoming best man speech.
The next day, Cameron called fellow comedian Josh Womack and convinced him to partner with him in an exciting new startup. Since we’ve started, Laugh Staff has written over 300 best man and maid of honor speeches, in addition to web copy, corporate speeches, greeting cards, mission statements, and live-tweeting events.
Laugh Staff wants to continually grow with a focus on speech coaching and copywriting. Laugh Staff is not only helping our customers, but also helping comedians. We want to provide a platform for the country’s best up-and-coming comedians so they can showcase how funny they are and help people all over bring out their inner-comedian.
Our comedians are not only amazing performers, but also exceptional writers as well. They are on the stage, every night. Google them, check them out on YouTube or follow them on Twitter. You’ll see what we’re talking about.