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James Cunningham

Corporate Comedian | Emcee | Television Personality

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I can tell how long you've been seeing each other | Halifax Comedy Festival
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Passion, Creativity, and Embracing Small Ideas
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I can tell how long you've been seeing each other | Halifax Comedy Festival
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Passion, Creativity, and Embracing Small Ideas

Seeking a master of ceremonies or a fabulous evening of entertainment? Then look no further. James Cunningham has proven, time and again, that he is one of the most skilled corporate emcees and comedians in the world. His personalized performances and attention to detail guarantee laughter and delight every time he hits the stage. Whatever the theme or purpose of your next gathering, he’ll ensure that it’s a successful and memorable one.

Since joining Speakers Spotlight, Cunningham has hosted and performed at over 750 events across the country and around the world. Past corporate clients include Loblaw Companies, Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Starbucks, KRAFT, Canadian Tire, McDonald’s, STAPLES, Nestle Purina, Walmart, Bombardier, BMO, Scotiabank, Proctor & Gamble, Enercare, Ingram Micro, and Grant Thornton, to name a few.

Cunningham has also hosted events featuring former President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Hilary Swank, Quincy Jones, Martin Sheen, Suze Orman, Andre Agassi, Ben Stein, Suzanne Somers, Michael Phelps, Tony Robbins and Barbara Walters. His clean and audience-appropriate performances have earned him countless recommendations.

In addition to his work as a corporate emcee and entertainer, Cunningham was the hilarious host and associate producer of the TV series Eat St. for five seasons, which aired on the Cooking Channel USA, Food Network Canada, and in more than a dozen other countries around the world. He is also the author of the bestselling cookbook, Eat St., where he shares recipes from the most daring, delicious, and inventive street food that can be found anywhere.

Cunningham has been featured on many national and international network television shows including Last Comic StandingJust for Laughs, Comedy Inc., Designated Survivor, and Locke and Key. He’s also had two of his own hour-long Comedy Now stand-up specials on CTV and The Comedy Network, and was a frequent guest on The Marilyn Denis Show.

Cunningham is also the creator and chief keynote speaker for Funny Money, a multi award-winning youth financial literacy program. He has performed at over 1,500 high school, colleges and universities across North America to more than one million students.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • I cannot say enough good things about James! He is beyond hilarious and just incredible to work with. He has such great energy and was just so down to earth – everyone loved him. Thank you for recommending him…I’m sure we’ll be reaching out to you to book James again.

  • James was a stellar host!  It was a mammoth show and he managed to keep their attention until the final award was given out.  He was an absolute pleasure to work with and his presentation shone with charisma and great humour.

    I look forward to the chance to work with James again.

  • Presumably the most interesting thing about The Power Within motivational and training conference would be headliners like Anthony Robbins and Suzanne Somers. It would seem their history, wisdom, experience, and reputation would be the highlight of the day long event. However, each and every speaker on this tour was awe inspiring, starting with the hysterically quick-witted host for the day, James Cunningham, a stand-up comedian and public speaker.

  • We first hired James as after dinner entertainment for a week-end conference. He was such a huge hit that we had him back to create a Christmas corporate video for us. Since then he has hosted Fashion shows, Mall openings, sales meetings and we even used him as our cover Model for our ‘2003 Christmas Catalogue.’ This is the ninth time we’ve hired him and I see no end in sight! He can do it all!

  • By far the most accommodating performer I have ever worked with. His primary concern is that the client is happy and the show goes well. He even spent his own money to complete one section of a video buffer that turned out to be the hit of the evening! I would (and have on several occasions) recommend James to anyone.

  • James was awesome! He really took an interest in the company and added some very personal touches into his performance. He was absolutely hysterical, very appropriate for a company event, and I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from many of our employees. I don’t know how it could have gone better.

  • This year’s Travelodge Canada conference was one of our best ever, in large part thanks to your extremely funny and entertaining final wrap-up for our event. We were so impressed with your professionalism and the quality of your delivery. You truly are a very funny and talented performer. Your performance was just the right mix of humor, fun and relaxation. Our group really bonded over a goood laugh and a great time

  • On behalf of Power Smart Marketing, we would like to say a big thank you once again for an excellent performance at the awards. Once again, you managed to keep us right on time while entertaining the guests along the way and ending with your funny comedy act. I looked around and there was a lot of laughter in the room!

  • Thanks again for making our awards gala such a big success. Everyone loved you as the MC. Looking forward to working with you again in the future.

  • James was outstanding! He did his show and provided some impromptu things during the awards that went over quite well. I would highly recommend him.

  • James was in fine form and even funnier than two years ago. He really was concerned about relating to the audience and our theme for the conference and gave us a full hour of belly laughing and facial muscle aches!

  • The event went very very well, we were really pleased! James added just the right amount of lighthearted humor while keeping the program moving. He was great to work with, so professional and offered great ideas that eased our minds about how the program would actually flow. I hope that we have have the opportunity to work with him again.

  • James was fantastic…the consummate pro! His bits were very funny and well received, but he is also very adept at running the show as emcee.

    All in all, a great addition.

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