Thursday, April 05, 2012

COMEDY HYPNOTIST THE INCREDIBLE BORIS named 2012 Entertainer of the Year


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COMEDY HYPNOTIST THE INCREDIBLE BORIS of Toronto, ON was named 2012 Entertainer of the Year along with André-Philippe Gagnon. The Star Award Ceremony was held on March 30, 2012 as part of Canadian Special Events Expo12.


The Star Awards honor and celebrate event professionals and companies for their exceptional body of work over the period of a year. Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS has previously receved Entertainer of The Year award in 2009. In 2012, he shares the title with André-Philippe Gagnon.


Boris Cherniak, a.k.a. Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS, performs internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations. He regularly appears on television – Maury (phobia series regular guest expert), Montel, Howie Mandel Show, Comics, and most recently was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for his one person show.


Boris performs internationally, and in 2011, he entertained the troops in Afghanistan as part of Operation H.O.T. - Honoring Our Troops.


Boris performs at numerous corporate events. In 2011 he was the featured entertainer at functions for Google, Staples, Siemens, Scotiabank and 3M. Boris is a favorite on the college circuit, with regular shows across Canada and the United States.


The 2012 Star Awards are produced by canadianspecialevents.com magazine.



For more information:

Comedian Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS 905-882-7707
www.comedywood.com

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Operation H.O.T. - Honoring Our Troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

I just returned from Germany, Kuwait, Qatar and Afghanistan, where I entertained the troops at Bagram Air Base.

Check out videos and pictures from the trip:
- story from Bagram air base Story here



- Trip documentary trailer


Operation H.O.T. Trailer from Christopher Shepherd Films on Vimeo.



- Pictures posted on Facebook (Friend me) pictures on Facebook

What an amazing experience. I got a chance to bring smiles to the people that fight for freedom. Big hugs to everyone!!!

Inspirational comedy hypnotist The Incredible BORIS - motivational entertainment, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, performing worldwide

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Great Show!

Forget the autograph line. Embrace the line of people heading out of the showroom. This line is often right next to the staircase leading off stage or a space next to the table selling memorabelia.

A performer is often caught in the outpouring of congratulatory hands after the show to offer a compliment on a job well done. In the midst of shaking hands and selling product, a star is born. Some performers feel like flight attendants shaking hands and saying the obligatory thank yous. I use that opportunity to tweak my show and get feedback.

I enjoy hearing the accolades from the audience. But the part that I enjoy the most is hearing what people have to say between the lines of ego-boosting verbiage. It is always easy to say “great show”. I love engaging audience members with questions like “What did you find the most memorable moment?”, “What struck you as if it did not belong” and “What would you improve?”. The show needs continuity. As a comedy writer, I listen to my audience’s point of view to write material that will strike a chord and deliver and impact unlike any other. Because of that, my stage routines have transcended through the invaluable use of that feedback. Some material has evolved, while other bits got dropped to make room for more elaborately crafted comedy material. This helps keep the show fresh and constantly evolving. However, not all material gets put away in your “bag of tricks”. At one point, I dropped several routines from the show to make room for new material. You only get so much time onstage, so bits get put away, retoooled with the times, changed for better effect. This allows me to be universal and have material for any occasion - from corporate events to college shows to television appearances. Regular audience members in numerous cities have guided me to rethink about dropping some rouitnes that I now consider signature bits. Every performer needs them. People come to the show to see and hear them again and are dissappointed when left out of the performance. Every unforgettable performer needs them. I strive to be that performer and hope to live in the hearts and minds of my audiences long after the show is over.

Unforgettable comedy hypnotist The Incredible BORIS - motivational corporate entertainment, Las Vegas shows, school campus events for student activities



Sunday, November 07, 2010

Company Holiday Christmas party event planning and corporate team building useful tips

The art of booking a party is timeless. Here is an updated checklist.

“Holiday entertainment planning is a serious business – a lot happens behind the scenes, long before the CEO says thanks for a job well-done”, says Incredible BORIS (Boris Cherniak).

Around this time of the year, human resources managers, entertainment committees and company CEOs are asking the age-old question - How do we make our holiday event an affair to remember? After all, we are simply trying to thank the employees, suppliers and their families for a job well done throughout the year. We also want this event to motivate the group to be happy and productive in the future. This is a more difficult task that may appear.

“The event planning committee has an enormous task of fitting into the ever-shrinking budgets while keeping party-goers excited,” says Boris Cherniak, corporate event planning professional, comedy hypnotist entertainer and motivational speaker.

Here is a helpful checklist of planning a holiday party, provided by Boris Cherniak:

1. Budget. Break down all the amounts allocated to each task then you can have a clear view of how much room you have to play. Spend it wisely and know what your limitations are. The old rule of thumb is you get what you pay for. If it appears too inexpensive you may not be getting what you expected. Get the best value possible with the resources you have available. It is easy to spend ANY budget. You may have to make a few sacrifices. What gets eliminated first and what should be kept at any cost? Always keep in mind of what the overall impression by the attendees will be. Leave a lasting impression.

2. Number of people in attendance – estimate the number of people expected at the party. Keep in mind that a small percentage may not attend due to lack of babysitters, illness or vacation.

3. Book the venue - banquet hall, restaurant, company auditorium. Pick a location that is convenient for your group with amenities like transportation, parking, etc.

4. Food and catering – dinner / lunch, drinks or buffet – most halls will offer you different choices of meal options, hors d’oerves, desserts and per person amounts. Make sure there are enough choices for all tastes and food preferences - vegan, chicken, beef or fish...

5. Schedule and timing. It is easy to under-estimate the amount of time a function will take due to many unforeseen circumstances. Factors such as how long the speeches will take, time to bring out the food or attendees arriving late due to a freak snowstorm or traffic. This can change the dynamic of your event - plan accordingly and have a contingency plan.

6. Entertainment – hypnotist, comedian, juggler, psychic, magician, DJ and dancing, party games, or a combination of several of the above. Entertainment is a wonderful way to make your event memorable. Entertainment comes in many budgets and styles. Pick a solution that will not only make the company and event planner look good, but will leave a lasting impression on the attendees. Explore different options best suited to your group. Local or national performers can be considered. Many are available on the web and could be your first place of inquiry. Many agencies have a roster of people they can suggest. Never forget to look within your company for entertainment suggestions and talent (in every company there is a band or a disk jockey that would be more than happy to accommodate your budget and show off their talents). Keep in mind that entertainers are extremely busy during the holiday season – leaving booking your entertainment until the last minute is not a good idea as your date may no longer be available. Expect that at times entertainers will be on a specific time frame - during the holiday season many will have several shows during the day to maximize their earning potential. Note the exact times you require the performers and stick to those times. Some performers even charge for extra hours on site such as DJs so expect to incur extra costs and discuss the amounts beforehand.

7. Sound, lighting, projection equipment and audio visual materials – Have a run-through and make sure everything is in place before your audience arrives so that you don’t have to deal with “technical difficulties”.

8. Accommodations for any out of town guests and transportation to and from the airport and hotels, valet parking or self-park.

9. Taxi cabs for anyone that over-indulges in the open bar concept and to avoid liability.

10. Registration – name cards for your guests, open seating or pre-arranged seating plan.

11. Awards, door prizes and giveaways. Many of these can be donated by your suppliers or provided to you at their cost for your holiday event. It shows good faith, and don’t be surprised if the suppliers return the favor. There are also a large number of companies that specialize in corporate givaways - a little momento of the evening with an imprinted company logo may add a touch of class to your celebration.

12. Party theme and décor – color scheme, chair covers, centerpieces, flowers, ice sculptures. One of the more unique ideas I saw recently was a sports theme, where instead of elegant centerpieces, sports memorabilia was placed in the center of the tables, which was available for the guests to take home – these included running shoes and football helmets.

13. Dress and attire. Let the attendees know what to expect to wear – formal, casual or business attire. We all heard a story of a prank where a person is invited to a pajama party when it’s a formal affair.

14. Invitations or a simple announcement in the company newsletter and bulletin board.

15. Contracts. Commit to the people you will be doing business with, since it usually is done on a first come basis. Halls, performers and caterers have limited availability. Be decisive and direct. Most people will give you a price range that would depend on your choice of options. Many event suppliers will require deposits to commit, which are regularly 50 per cent and are non-refundable.

16. Presentations – keep the speeches brief and to the point. Number of speakers should be kept down to a minimum. After all, people are there to be social and not to be lectured.

17. Everyone wants to have a party on a Saturday. You may find that having an alternate day of the week may greatly reduce your expenses and make it easier to hire entertainment and book your venue. Also, consider having your function early afternoon. A lunch is less expensive than a seven-course dinner.

18. Include a table for the crew, entertainment and other behind-the-scenes people. They, at times forget to eat to make sure your event runs smoothly. Show them the spirit of the holiday season and include them in your celebrations.

19. If your business is busy during the holiday season, consider having your event earlier or later. It should not make a difference if your function is held in November or January instead of December.

20. Have a cell phone handy for any last-minute emergencies the day of your event. If a cell phone is not an option (no signal or simply unavailable), make sure your suppliers have the venue address and phone number.

21. Your function will be attended by people from many walks of life and backgrounds - politically correct term is Holiday Party. Make it chic, memorable and fun. Have people walk away saying - I had a great time, that was incredible.

Happy Holidays.

Comedian Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS for Holiday Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas - funny, motivational, team building, unforgettable



Boris is an award-winning comedy stage hypnotist that appears in upwards 300 live performances yearly. He is a frequent talk show guest, seen on Maury, Montel, Howie Mandel Show and more. Incredible Boris is not just a stage name, but also a way to describe a positive attitude and a constant state of mind.

Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS - www.IncredibleBORIS.com

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Summer Reality

As the weather gets warmer, it marks the start of summer reality talent shows. Some of the guilty pleasures of mine are two shows - America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing. I watch it not because I want to see the heartbreaking stories and misfits that are there to joke around, but because I get to see some of my friends and misfits daring to put a spark in their careers that will start a fire.

I owned and ran a comedy club chain for 10 years of my life and have been instrumental in giving some of these brilliant talents much needed stage time.

I love the fact that talents get exposed to mass TV audiences and wish everyone the very best. I regularly follow the behind the scenes accounts and enjoy watching the outcomes from the couch as an audience member, rather than an industry insider.

Special mention goes out to the new judge, Howie on AGT. Continued success and glad you help make careers of others.

Comedian Stage Hypnotist for Corporate functions and Team Building Entertainment Event Ideas, Frosh week student activities orientation Stage Hypnosis shows, motivational speaker and author, book forthcoming

Monday, May 10, 2010

Interview and a painting

I recently did an interview. I found the concept fascinating and the outcome superb.

You can read the interview along with pictures here - http://www.artzmark.com/Interview_Boris_Cherniak.htm

The artist, Marc Eliuk, does an interview after a lot of research, then paints the subject. Judge for yourself, because he posts the interview and the painted portrait for everyone to see.

Interview Subject, Comedian Stage Hypnotist for Corporate Events, Team Building Entertainment Ideas, Frosh week student activities Stage Hypnosis shows

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

News Tweets

The masses are abandoning the news sources. Talk shows have to proclaim ALL NEW! to distance themselves from reruns. Media has become about shocking and teasers. It will get our attention, but when everyone is doing it, the message becomes so watered down, it becomes hard to decipher the real shockers from the attention grabbers.
On the other hand, the news is easily and instantly available through sources like talk shows and social media outlets. Talk shows scrape the surface in the monologues, while social media gives you the option of further inquiry. You can always follow a link at your leisure. It’s amazing how the talk shows are becoming the delivery vehicle for news to a vast majority of people. Or if you really want to know…just look for twitter trending topics, which is simply a measure of what everyone is talking about.
We all want acknowledgement of our existence, but the world somehow became about talking to ourselves. We can do it from the privacy of our gadgets anywhere. Instead of talking…we spend time tweeting. Instead of spending time with loved ones, we text them thoughts in the room next door. Look someone in the eyes and tell them what you want them to know. Hypnotize them with your presence - that is what life’s about.

Comedian Hypnotist for team building activities and games at corporate events, social media expert, tv segment guest