Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, David is the Founder of FunnyBizz, a community, writer platform, and conference series helping content creators access top comedic writing talent. As a storyteller he finished runner up in The Moth’s largest storytelling competition and has won multiple Moth Storyslam competitions. He has performed stand-up comedy at leading clubs like the Comedy Store, the Improv, the Punchline and the Upright Citizens Brigade even though he strongly denies being a comedian and is well aware most people don’t understand his accent.
His learning, taken from one year’s intensive experiments in comedy,performed on someone from the business community with a huge initial fear of public speaking (ie him!) have been featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Forbes,Fast Company, The Irish Times, and became the bestselling book, Do You Talk Funny?. Originally self published to Amazon bestseller, an updated version was published again to bestseller in March 2016 by Benbella.
A popular speaker (according to his mother and a select panel of people that can’t be named), David works with San Francisco State University, General Assembly, UC Berkeley and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center as a course instructor. He has also been a guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate Business School, Hult International Business School, University College Dublin, and spoke as part of Google’s author talks series. Currently he is the author in residence at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center where his work was featured in their Pitch Tool Kit, a collaboration with the US Chamber of Commerce. Recent conferences include Web Summit Dublin, Collision New Orleans, Leade.rs San Francisco and Paris, FunnyBizz Conference, 3XE Digital and Social Media Conference, Dublin, The LeanStartup Conference, The International Society for Humor Studies Conference, and Prezi’s Present Conference in London. He was named on the 2017 Irish America 100 List which recognises the accomplishments of outstanding Irish-Americans from all walks of life.
His clients include top companies like LinkedIn, Samsung, HarperCollins, KPMG, best-selling authors, TV personalities, CEO’s, TED speakers and a penguin he once failed to make funny. A graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland, he wears a tie but only to bungee jump, and calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit.
Full speaking and workshop information here
His More Random Experience
David has lived and worked in 12 countries, visited over 60, attended academic institutions in 3, studied languages in 6, and held roles from as wide ranging as helping organize an Irish Presidential Trade Mission to the US and Canada, being a language school director in the UK, supervising large scale construction projects in China, leading Whale Encounter Trips in the US, working as an Operations Director for the world’s largest business school on projects from Sao Paulo to San Francisco, doing security for Beyonce’s private after party in Dublin, valuing and selling Supermarket Chains in Colombia as a Financial Consultant with PwC, launching a new product in the Middle East as Business Development Director for the world’s largest private education company, helping Irish startups expand in the US as a Marketing Executive to working on a Whale Shark research boat in Honduras.
Press and Features
Inc: How to Be Truly Funny in Your Next Presentation
Inc: Can Standup Comedy Make You a Better Public Speaker? An Inc. Investigation
Inc: 23 Tips From Comedians to Be Funnier in Your Next Presentation
Inc: 5 Things Exceptionally Funny People Do
Forbes: How To Make Your Presentation Funnier
Forbes: 30 ‘How To’ Tweets To Help You Beat Glossophobia
Forbes: The Public Speaking Secrets Of Comedians
Forbes: The FunnyBizz Conference Teaches Silicon Valley To Stop Taking Itself So Seriously
Business Solutions Magazine: Speakers At Channel Events: Read This Book Please!
The Irish Times: Getting Over Stage Fright To Master The Art Of Public Speaking
The Huffington Post: 5 Reasons Every Content Marketer Should Attend the FunnyBizz Conference
The Huffington Post: Tickle Some Funny Bones at Your Next Speaking Engagement
The Huffington Post: FunnyBizz Conference Brings Serious Fun to the World of Business
Lifehacker: Learn the Formula to a Funny Story for Your Next Presentation
Lifehacker: Make Presentations Engaging and Memorable with the “1, 2… 4! Rule”
Fast Company: Can This Conference Teach Brands How To Be Funny?
Entrepreneur:Content Is Boring, So FunnyBizz Was Born
San Jose Mercury News: FunnyBizz Gets Laughs With Swearing, Sex Jokes, And Business Advice
Art of Manliness: How to Talk About Your Unconventional Background in a Conventional World
Nasdaq MarketInsite:Learn Why Humor is a Powerful Storytelling Tool for Business Presentations
Nasdaq Pitch Toolkit in Partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Content Machine, by Dan Norris
Prezi: How to Turn Your Prezi Into A Bestseller: Q&A
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions: Marketing Book Worth A Look
Irish American Writers and Artists NYC
Slideshare Featured: 23 Tips From Comedians to Be Funnier in Your Next Presentation
In conversation with Nir Eyal: What Standup Comedy Can Teach You About Public Speaking
IrishTech News:Takeaways From #3XEDIGITAL February 2017
NPR via KQUR with Steve Kraske
The Goodlife Project with Jonathan Fields
The Art of Charm Podcast with Jordan Harbinger
LinkedIn’s The Sophisticated Marketer’s Podcast with Jason Miller
Profit, Power and Pursuit with Tara Gentile and Creative Live
The Solopreneur Hour with Michael O’Neal
Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas
Content Warfare with Ryan Hanley
The Introvert Entrepreneur with Beth Buelow
H2H Chat with Byran Kramer: How Comedy and Marketing Can Work Together
Wall Street Journal’s Lets Talk Arts with Pia Catton
Today FM’s Sunday Business Show with Conall O’Morain
Bizz 1190 Atlanta: The Dana Barrett Show
Six Pixels Of Separation with Mitch Joel
Entrepreneur: How Being Funny Can Help Build Your Brand with Karen Leland
How Comedy Improves Public Speaking For Everyone with Loic Le Meur