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The UP GuysMotivational Speaker from Buffalo, NY

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 8 Reviews
  • 19 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2008
  • 3 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $1,000 per event

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Nels Ross and Richie Derwald are The UP Guys – acclaimed speakers, teaching artists, entertainers, and emcees who uplift and empower: • Wellness, Mental Health, Growth, Creativity • Staff Development, Team Building, Unity in Diversity • Managing Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions • Fun for Conferences, Conventions, and More They work solo, duo, and with other keynote speakers, motivational speakers, school presenters, corporate entertainers, and talents. Both have inspired audiences for 20+ years – Nels as an educator, clean comedian, and juggler; Richie as a singer, impersonator, and “The Mental Health NUT.” Book The UP Guys for a sure hit! … FEATURED PROGRAM "FUNdamentals for a Bright Future" With The UP Guys Nels Ross and Richie Derwald are The UP Guys – acclaimed speakers and "edutainers" who uplift and empower. In their “FUNdamentals” programs, they share how FUN supports “da mental,” including wellness, mental health, and growth. In this program, participants learn about: Positive Mindset – Moving From Survive to Thrive Playful Mindset – Employing the Power of Fun Present Mindset – Managing Stress and Change Purposeful Mindset – Making Shift Happen The UP Guys have inspired audiences for 20+ years – Nels as an educator, clean comedian, and juggler; Richie as a singer, impersonator, and “The Mental Health NUT.” They are also co-founders of UP Team LLC and the Rotary-inspired nonprofit UPLFFT. … REVIEWS “NOTHING SHORT OF EXTRAORDINARY” United States Air Force "AMAZING… FANTASTIC… DELIGHTED EVERYONE!” National Comedy Center "STANDING OVATION" National Center for Education Research & Technology "HIGHLIGHT OF THE CONFERENCE!" Michigan Society of Professional Engineers "YOU HAD EVERYONE IN STITCHES!" Chautauqua Institution "ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!" Corning Museum of Glass "CAPTIVATED EVERYONE... POWERFUL!!!" Holiday Valley Resorts "A SMASHING SUCCESS!" Texas Association of Magicians "FANTASTIC PRESENTATION... MARVELOUS!" Association of California School Administrators "20,000 FANS WERE DELIGHTED" Buffalo Bisons … REFERENCES 3M Company • Akzo Nobel • Albright-Knox Art Gallery • Allegheny College • American Heart Association • ArcelorMittal • Artpark • Association of California School Administrators • Benderson Development • BorgWarner • Buffalo Bisons • Buffalo Sabres • Buffalo State College • Calspan • Canisius College • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership • Chautauqua Institution • Cornell University • Corning Inc. • Corning Museum of Glass • Creative Problem Solving Institute • Daemen College • Dresser-Rand • Fisher-Price • Gold Wing Road Riders Association • H&R Block • Harley-Davidson • Holiday Valley Resorts • HSBC Bank • Independent Health • Ingram Micro • M&T Bank • Mack Trucks • Mental Health Association • Moog • Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute • National Center for Education Research & Technology • National Comedy Center • National Hockey League • Niagara Power Project • Niagara University • NYS Payroll Conference Association • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics • Peek ’n Peak Resort • Philips Healthcare • Praxair • Rich Products • Rochester Institute of Technology • Roswell Park Cancer Institute • Ryerson • Shea’s Performing Arts Center • Society of Professional Engineers • Strong National Museum of Play • Subway • Uniland Development • United States Air Force • University at Buffalo • Via Rail Canada • Volvo • 1,000+ Colleges & Schools • Who Reads This Stuff Anyway? *Reviews and References are from solo and team programs. More available upon request. … FUN FACTS • Contrary to popular opinion, Nels and Richie are more than just idiots. • Nels has a MEd; Richie, a “PHD” in Personal Humor Development. • They started UPLFFT, a Rotary-inspired nonprofit for "uplffting" talents. • Nels Ross Cremean goes by Nels Ross. It’s easier for him to remember. • Richie was a pro wrestler and producer of a national TV show. • They’ve worked across the U.S., Canada, the world… And other places. • Their training includes theater, circus, and juggling nine kids. • They appreciate their pro-love, pro-human friends and therapists. … TAGS Arts in Education • Assemblies • Clean Comedian • Corporate • Emcee • Entertainer • Keynote • Motivational • School Programs • Speaker • Staff Development • Team Building • Virtual


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Avg 5.0 | 8 Reviews

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Review by Stephen L.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on February 10, 2022From Washington, DC

This tandem was amazing, I can't say enough about how amazing their performance was. The personnel in our office are not easy to thrill, but they can't stop talking about this show. The quick whit, the unexpected humor, positive motivation, the real life stories, the relatable skits, even the accidental humor was nothing short of extraordinary. If you are looking for a dynamic yet suited performance, you can't go wrong booking thier act.

The UP Guys:

Thanks. Just doin’ our job. ;-P

Review by Justyna O.

FundraiserReviewed on January 25, 2020From Lakeville, NY

Nels was great to work with, he was very responsive and accommodating. He offered to host our event, and incorporated his routine into our fundraiser program. The whole show run smoothly and was fun to watch. We were not sure what to expect at first but the show was very funny and we all enjoyed it. He was able to move the crowd and made us laugh, which was not an easy task. He made a typical fundraising event entertaining and engaging. Nels mixes juggling and comedy into a show that is not quite the stand-up comedy, and not quite the street performance, but together works amazingly well. Overall it was an awesome experience, and we had a great time.

The UP Guys:

Thanks Justyna. What a good time and an awesome group!

Review by JAMIE H.

FundraiserReviewed on August 25, 2017From Olean, NY

Great show, great guy, very helpful and easy to work with. delivered exactly what he said he would. hope to use him again next year.

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Past Events

February 9, 2023 • Corporate Function
Thu11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Washington, DC
February 10, 2022 • Corporate Function
Thu12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Washington, DC
June 9, 2021 • Celebration
Wed2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Oaks, PA
January 25, 2020 • Fundraiser
Sat7:00 PM - 7:45 PM Lakeville, NY
June 25, 2019 • School Assembly
Tue1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Savona, NY
October 13, 2018 • Event
Sat8:00 PM - 8:45 PM Corning, NY
August 26, 2017 • Community Event
Sat1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lockport, NY
August 25, 2017 • Fundraiser
Fri6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Olean, NY
July 1, 2017 • Picnic
Sat12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Mayville, NY
December 18, 2016 • Christmas Party
Sun1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Clarence, NY
September 16, 2014 • Corporate Function
Tue7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Toronto, ON
February 2, 2013 • Community Event
Sat11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Gasport, NY

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