This week on “The Tech of Sports” Greg Schwem: Comedian, Author, Syndicated Columnist. A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious School of Journalism, Schwem settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Schwem hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his act in nightclubs and caused his parents to wonder where they went wrong. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Greg and his Comedy With a Byte theme was born.
Our special guest…
Schwem’s custom shows provide a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Schwem’s client list includes such corporate giants as McDonald’s, Microsoft, Motorola, IBM, Verizon Wireless, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. During his standup days, Greg has performed with the likes of Jay Leno ,Ray Romano and other heavyweights in the world of comedy. Today he headlines close to 100 corporate dates a year and writes a weekly humor column nationally distributed by Tribune Media Services. He also is the author of “Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad“.
1. Your book, Text Me If You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad came out a little over a year ago now, how did the idea come about to do that book?
2. The title of the book calls you a “Low-Tech” Dad, but in reality you are far from a technologically challenged person
3. You also are a sports fan and a weekend athlete yourself. You’re a very good tennis player and you like to hit up the links and play some golf. You recently wrote an extremely funny column about a new putter you own. Do you also struggle to keep up with all the trends and changes in sports technology?
4. You live in Chicago, a great sports town… One of the biggest changes or I guess you can call it an upgrade in sports technology to hit Chicago was when Wrigley Field got lights years ago. What did you think of that and why hasn’t that helped the Cubs fortunes?
5. Athletes and college and sports teams have taken over social media. Here’s a clip of you having some fun with Twitter. You’ve been active on social media for years now and how do you manage your social media time and keep up with what your kids are doing on sites like Twitter and Facebook.
6. I think one of the biggest changes in sports has been instant replay reviews and coach’s challenges of official’s calls. How do you feel about that is using that technology good for the games we watch?
7. You do a great job of customizing your shows depending on the company or event you are at. Have you found that, that personal touch is really what these companies are looking for?
8. Apps are what everyone talks about now, including you (Play app clip) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO8jKGp9IpY Do you have any apps in general that you like or do you follow sports scores with an app, and does that get you in trouble sometimes…
9. Now, you have daughters that are now playing sports. Are you one of those dads in the stands yelling at the kids or taunting their opponents?
10. Any specific technology or devices you use in preparing for a show or an event and what gadgets or tech have you or do you use in your act?
11. The one piece of technology you can’t live without in your everyday life.