Beth Sherman… is not very good writing about herself in the third person.
Hello and nice to meet you. I'm a multiple Emmy-winning comedy writer with comedy credits that include, Ellen, Letterman and the Tonight Show, and award show credits that include MTV’s Video Music Awards and the Oscars.
Over the past few years, I’ve expanded my professional work to include speechwriting. As it turns out, it’s a natural extension of my existing skill set -- being funny in someone else’s voice. Now, instead of being funny in Jay, Dave or Ellen’s voice, I’m funny in yours.
On the personal side, I've written well over a hundred best man speeches, grooms’ speeches, father of the bride speeches, toasts for the rehearsal dinner, speeches for friends and family acting as officiants and on a few occasions, I've even ghostwritten the vows themselves. I’ve also written birthday toasts, anniversary speeches and quite a few eulogies. Yes, eulogies. Is there anything better than a genuine, universal laugh to break the tension at a terrible moment?
On the professional side, I’ve written and punched up TED talks, retirement speeches, acceptance speeches and commencement remarks. My client list includes professors, physicians, tech entrepreneurs, an Air Force major and a Coast Guard admiral.
Even though my focus is comedy, I understand that jokes aren’t appropriate for every situation. Sometimes all you need is a light dusting of funny to brighten the tone and loosen up the room. I know how to bring out the organic humor in your piece, and more importantly, how to do it in a way that sounds like you, not me. My goal is you, but better.
I can write your project from scratch or I can spend a few hours improving what you've written yourself. If you're not sure how (or if) you'd like to proceed, I'm happy to jump on a call and talk it through.
All of my speeches are collaborative. I’ll start by putting together a list of questions about you and the event. The questions are meant to generate material, give me context and get you thinking. I'll also happily take any notes you've put together already. Once I have enough to go on, I’ll put together a first draft, and then we’ll go back and forth fine-tuning the piece until you think it's ready.