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Funniest Virtual End-of-Year Party Entertainers – Belly Laughs Guaranteed!

We’ve almost made it through another year. And these days, that’s quite the achievement! From remote work to home-school to lockdown (again… and again), there hasn’t been much to laugh about in 2021. But we’ve emerged in one piece – even if that piece is a little bedraggled and frayed at the edges. And you know what? We reckon that deserves one hell of a celebration.

Fun fact. You know how they say, “Laughter is contagious”? Well, it really is. It’s scientifically proven. Laughter triggers a response in the premotor cortical region of the brain, which prompts the facial muscles to smile in response to the sound. Laughter also releases endorphins in the brain via opioid receptors, creating a euphoric feeling (kind of like opioid drugs, without the obvious downsides), as well as serotonin – the same brain chemical targeted by antidepressants. AND it turns out laughter really is the best medicine too, with an anti-inflammatory effect that protects the heart muscles and blood vessels from cardiovascular disease. Seriously.

SO, we think the best gift you can give your team this festive season is a great big belly laugh!

Here are our top picks for virtual end-of-year party entertainers guaranteed to put the smile back on your team’s faces…

Dave Hughes & Dave O’Neil: The two Dave’s team up to host a memorable virtual version of Network Ten’s hit show, ‘Hughesy We Have a Problem’. If Julie from your Finance department is having an issue, Dave and Dave will solve it!

The Umbilical Brothers: This hilarious award-winning duo have been delighting stage, film and TV audiences across the globe for more than 30 years. Their hit performances provide a fast-paced mix of movement and sound that will leave you shaking your head in awe and laughing like a hyena!

Anthony Laye: Let Anthony take your team on an interactive, mind-blowing virtual adventure that will leave them wondering – how the hell did he do that?! Full of gobsmacking mind tricks, magic and laughter, losing your mind has never been more hilarious!

Anthony Lehmann: Accountant turned full-time funny person, Lehmo is one of Australia’s most well-known and in-demand comedians. Having headlined at some of the world’s largest venues and hosted regular gigs on radio and TV, Lehmo’s brilliant comedic talent will leave your team in stitches!

Lizzy Hoo: Lizzy is a writer, noodle enthusiast, designer, actor, rugby lover and rescue-greyhound owner. And she’s also one of Australia’s most popular comics, regularly performing to sold-out crowds at international Comedy Festivals worldwide. Your team will fall in love with her!

Nick Cody: With a heap of Australian and International TV & movie credits to his name, as well as regular radio & podcast gigs, Nick is a comedy superstar. He’s performed sold-out shows around the world, earning rave reviews for his insane ability to make people laugh ’til they cry!

Wayne Shapiro: Throw out every preconceived idea you’ve ever had about the Trivia Quiz! Wayne tailors a quiz for each audience, using his quick wit and incredible hosting talent to bring teams together, maximising engagement, camaraderie and involvement and keeping the laughs rolling.

 Kat Davidson: As a professional improviser, Kat’s unique storytelling ability will have your team in fits of laughter as she tackles relationships, observations and random events with equal passion. It’s easy to see why Kat’s comedy shows are regular sell-outs!

Every single one of these entertainers can turn your virtual end-of-year party into the hit of the year. And you can rest easy knowing that we’ll make sure your entertainment runs smoothly… even if it’s the only part of your year that does!

If you’d like to secure any of these entertainers for your virtual end-of-year celebration, get in touch with us for a chat – but you better be quick, these guys are popular!



Top 5 Resilience Tips to Get You Through the Week

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards

History is full of inspiring examples of human resilience. People who have overcome incredible challenges and adversity to not only survive, but thrive.

Did you know that JK Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by 12 major publishing houses before being picked up? Or that Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor thought he lacked imagination? And Thomas Edison failed over 10,000 times in his efforts to invent a commercially viable electric lightbulb before he hit the jackpot.

While perfecting the art of resilience won’t necessarily make you famous, it will help you navigate your way through testing times – and Coronavirus has certainly thrown some doozies our way. With Mental Health Month coming up in October, and Australia once again in lockdown limbo, there’s never been a better time to shine a light on strategies, like resilience, that will help get you through.

Resilience gives you the power to cope when things go wrong, to adapt and bounce back even stronger. And while resilience is a long-game, we thought we’d start small and ask Chelsea Pottenger, accredited mindfulness and meditation coach (and one of our most popular Keynote Speakers), for 5 actions you can take today to help you get through the week. One week at a time is manageable, right?

1. Start the day the right way.
How often do you wake up, roll over and reach for your phone first thing in the morning? Most of us are guilty of this. But did you know this can cause the release of cortisol (our stress hormone)? When the first thing you see when you open your eyes is negative news, an email from your boss or client that triggers your emotions, or your social media feed, it can start your day off on the wrong foot.  Try leaving your phone in a different room when you sleep and use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake you in the morning.

2. Practice gratitude.
Research shows that just a small amount of gratitude goes a long way. Practicing gratitude can positively shift your mindset, build resilience and even improve your overall general health. Try thinking or journaling three things you are grateful for when you first wake up and sit with this feeling for a moment.

This simple exercise will put you in a great frame of mind for the rest of the day. If you’re feeling worn out or stressed throughout the day, try thinking about those three things – it will give you a new perspective.

3. Add movement to your day.
Exercise releases endorphins, which makes us feel good for the rest of the day. And we don’t have to engage in a vigorous workout or run 20km to experience the benefits. An article published in the Journal of Occupational Science found that just 10 minutes of walking at lunchtime improved people’s resilience and energy. So take 10 minutes today and get walking!

4. Start a meditation practice.
Research shows meditation can positively change your brain structure, helping you regulate your emotions and build resilience. Start small and build up to a 10min meditation practice.

5. Mindset reset.
Ruminative thought patterns can derail our day. When we are stuck thinking about a problem, stress or worry, we lose focus on what is essential. Dr Lucy Hone, a Professor and Well-being expert uses a powerful question to re-centre our thoughts. By asking yourself, “Is this helpful or harmful?” we can take a moment to reset our focus and start being productive again by breaking the negative thought pattern loop.

These 5 simple actions will help you build your resilience, enabling you to better tackle the challenges ahead… one week at a time. And who knows? Maybe you will make the history books!


Looking for ways to help get your team through the months ahead? We have some incredible speakers, including Chelsea Pottenger, available to present during Mental Health Month. Our Mindfulness and Resilience experts are available for live and virtual events of any size – get in touch with us for a chat!

‘Virtually Impossible’ Interactive Showcase

In this new era of virtual communication, we need to create experiences that can take a group of people, separated by distance, and make them feel present and connected.

Break up the monotony of Zoom meetings and conferences and let Anthony Laye, celebrity Mentalist and TV regular, take your team on an interactive and hysterically mind-blowing virtual adventure that will leave them wondering – how the hell did he do that?!

Anthony’s gobsmacking mind tricks are the ultimate virtual team-bolstering experience, full of wonder, magic and laughter. Losing your mind has never been more hilarious… or welcome!

For your chance to win one of 20 exclusive invites to Anthony’s ‘Virtually Impossible’ theatre showcase on 8th September at 2pm, simply email us with your details.

Find out more about Anthony, or get in touch to talk to us about engaging him for your next event.

Q: Are keynote speakers willing to perform at a virtual event? A: Yes they are!

This year witnessed a major shift in the event industry with birth of virtual or hybrid events.

So it was only natural that motivational speakers who are one of the major assets of the events industry followed trend and adapted to the new world in events quickly.

Looking ahead we can expect to see hybrid and virtual events continue into the early part of 2020, with the most likely trend becoming groups of 100-200 people attending the meeting, then streaming to the rest of the company at their local offices or interstate.

So while this format is still a necessity, you can expect all keynote speakers to still be available to participate in a hybrid virtual events. Many of them have had to recraft their skills to suit this style of event and one of the biggest challenges is delegate engagement. It is difficult but it can be done, check out this post from motivational speaker Anthony Laye Click here to view with some useful tips you should expect from your keynote speaker when booking them for a hybrid virtual event.

It won’t be long until we are back enjoying the experience of meeting in person as there are certain things you just can’t do online, like looking each other in the eye or picking up on nonverbal communication. We have always come together to plan, debate laugh and enjoy each other’s company. But until then remember to take advantage of the virtual technology we all have available to us, and keep your team inspired by booking a motivational speaker.

Stay safe and keep smiling.

The Team from Keynote

Get the Team Together for an End of Year Laugh

Introducing “The Virtualist”

Experience an interactive virtual show the entire team can enjoy.

Internationally Renowned Mentalist Anthony Laye has been captivating audiences with his mind blowing ability to seemingly read peoples thoughts and control their choices.

His online mind bending show is the perfect way to entertain your team at your end of year function or end of week drinks.

One of the biggest challenges organisations are currently facing with online meetings and events is finding entertainment that is interactive, engaging and doesn’t feel like the team are sitting watching Youtube or Netflix.

In this modern era of communication, we need to explore new ways of creating experiences that can take a group of people living at distance and bring them together.

Are you ready to enter the world of Virtualism – Check out Anthony Laye in Action!

For more information about this dynamic show or to book Anthony Laye, please contact us on 1300 661 904 or email info@keynote.net.au

“An outstanding performance! Anthony Laye had the audience in the palm of his hand from the moment he joins you audience virtually. His show is both exciting and intriguing; hilarious and entertaining. Anthony will have your guests wanting more and asking themselves “How did he do it!?”. Anthony is one of the best performers I have come across”