Brian Atkinson is a comedian, an all-around nice guy, and a horrible person. His good-guy persona gives way to surprising twists to keep you laughing. While his voice might be the first thing you notice, his confidence, and engaging storytelling will keep you coming back. Brian is a 2023 World Series of Comedy Wildcard 1st Place Winner and has provided voices for PBS Kids while also appearing in a Lifetime Movie Network movie, as a serial killer, in the same studio, on the same day. Brian Atkinson makes jokes, but only the finest artisan, hand-crafted, farm-to-table-saw jokes.
Brian’s sharp and smart comedic style has been a hit at clubs, contests, corporate events, churches, fundraisers, and festivals across the country. He has a hilarious professional touch that’s a perfect fit.
Brian Atkinson has hosted, featured, and headlined at clubs, corporate events, churches, and fundraisers across the country. He’s opened for notable “Bobs” like Bob Nelson, Bob Smiley, and Robert (Bob) G. Lee, and performed at Dr. Grins at the B.O.B. Brian has also opened for Jeff Jena, Kira Soltanovich, Happy Cole, Leslie Norris Townsend, Tommy Ryman, Chris Young, Andy Beningo, and Dave Williamson.
Brian’s appearances include Bonkerz, Comedy Cabaret, Crackers, Dr. Grins, Funny Stop, Gutty’s (Indiana and Minnesota), Krackpots, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, One Night Stan’s, Punchlines, Gilda’s Laugh Fest and the World Series of Comedy. Brian was a Semi-Finalist, and Audience Favorite in The Funniest Person in Grand Rapids contest.
Born and raised in Chicagoland, Brian calls Grand Rapids, MI home.
House of Hope Ministry recently held its first comedy show, starring Bob Smiley. Through social media connections we found Brian Atkinson to be an opening act and warm up the audience. However, what we received from Brian was FAR beyond those expectations! Not only did he kick off our show with a hilarious act, he provided great insight in how to organize the show, gain sponsors for our Non-Profit, and helped us to execute a successful event! He truly was a joy to work with and we received many compliments from our guests that he was a wonderful comedian! I highly recommend Brian Atkinson for your next comedy show, especially if you are in the Non-Profit world, as Brian will be a very valuable connection for you and your team!
– Melissa Schindler, Board President, House of Hope Ministry
Brian Atkinson performed a headline set of Clean Comedy at our Labor Day weekend entertainment event. Our campground was founded by the Free Methodist Church and many of our campers choose us because of the Christian environment. Brian understood our needs and answered our every request to shape his material for our audience. His comedy was not only clean, it was family-friendly and worked well for adults and children alike. I would be glad to recommend Brian Atkinson for anyone who needs a clean comedian.
– Dave Luke, Camp Director, Somerset Beach Campground
Brian Atkinson commands a room with his charming personality and impressive voice. I've watched him expertly emcee several events over the past two years. He is able to present a clear message to an audience in a professional manner while also injecting humor in a way the audience will not forget. If you are seeking a witty and professional master of ceremonies he's your man.
– Will Oltman – Will Juggle
When Brian started MC'ing our events the tenor of the program changed. His inviting voice, physical presence, humorous banter all brought together a cohesive program. He plans ahead well then delivers in a fun, easy and comedic manner. If there are delays in the show he knows how to fill the space and has the audience laughing at his jokes and stories. I can honestly say that his leadership in the performances adds to the professionalism of the event. It is an added bonus that his easy-going style, excellent speaking voice adds entertainment to the show!.
– Netty Cove, Board Member, Artworks
Brian's style and his excellent voice keep the attention of the audience, and his humor, sometimes a bit offbeat, is very entertaining. The audience at a contest ranges from 400-600 people, men, women and children, which means all material must be G-rated. Brian understands that and has never stepped over the line.
– Roger Lewis, Events Director, Pioneer District, 2002-2003 Barbershop Harmony Society President
Brian Atkinson emcees for the Internationally ranked Great Lakes Chorus. His unique brand of family friendly comedy keeps the show moving and audiences upbeat and entertained. I would highly recommend Brian for your next event as a stand-up artist or emcee.
– Jim Carey, Director, Great Lakes Chorus