Bringing a Dose of "Laughter Therapy" to the people one group at a time.
Wonderful Speaker for Mental Health Awareness
The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Delaware and Morrow Counties recently
invited "Squishy Man" to perform at our organization's annual reception and performance in
recognition of "Mental Health Awareness Week." We first heard Squishy at NAMI Ohio's spring
2014 conference and enjoyed his comedy performance there so much that we hired him for our
October gth event.
NAMI of Delaware & Morrow Counties is an organization whose mission is to improve the
quality of life and ensure dignity and respect for persons with serious mental illness, and offer
support to their families and close friends, so we thought Squishy Man would be a good fit for
our event. He shared the trials and tribulations of his mental illness and other life experiences
in a light-hearted and humorous way. Our audience was comprised of two groups of people:
college students and community members of all ages, for whom he adeptly crafted his comedy
to reach that age-range span of audience.
Squishy Man has a list of impressive credentials and certainly measures up to his reputation as
a licensed psychotherapist, inspirational & motivational speaker, and culture diversity trainer.
He is a "universal- and fun- voice of recovery." We would certainly recommend him in
whatever capacity you hire him for.
Karen Hart, President
NAMI of Delaware and Morrow Counties
Hired by: Karen Hart, President Organization: NAMI of Delaware and Morrow Counties Event Date: October 20th, 2014 Event Type: Mental Health Awareness Week Event City: Delaware, Ohio Services Provided: Inspirational Speaker Website:NAMI of Delaware and Morrow Counties Written Testimonial:Click Here Crowd Photo:Click Here
My name is Peg Morrison, and I am the director of programs at National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio. It is my pleasure to write this letter of reference for Kevin "Squishy Man" Barber.
Recently we organized a retreat for all of our affiliates throughout the state. The event is the one time each year when NAMI employees and volunteers get together to discuss challenges, share ideas, and rekindle their spirits. I wanted people to feel energized, empathized with, and to come away feeling validated.
This was my first time organizing content for an annual conference, and there was a great deal of pressure. However, Squishy captivated the audience within seconds. People were rolling with laughter and seemed to be immediately rejuvenated.
We absolutely loved Squishy’s keynote speech. He spoke to our group in a meaningful and personal, yet professional way. It worked on all levels, and I would certainly recommend him to a friend or colleague.
Hired by: Peg Morrison, Director of Programs Organization:National Alliance on Mental Illness - OHIO Event Date: May 17th, 2014 Event Type: Corporate Event Event City: Columbus, Ohio Services Provided: Keynote Speaker Website:N.A.M.I. OHIO Video Testimonial:Click Here Written Testimonial:Click Here
American Legion Capitol Post 1 had the distinct pleasure of having Mr. Kevin “Squishy Man” Barber perform at our Post for a Comedy Night. Squishy Man was more than we had bargained for. We had the Event Hall filled to capacity. Every person that left after the show had told me the show was great, and especially Squishy Man. I personally enjoyed the show myself.
I would recommend Squishy Man for any Legion Post, VFW Post, DAV Post, or any other venue anyone has. As a matter of fact, we’re planning on making this at least a yearly event at our Post.
Bernie R. Lusk
Commander, Capitol Post 1
Hired by: Bernie Lusk, Post Commander Organization: American Legion Post #1 Event Date: December 26th, 2013 Event Type: Veterans Laughter Therapy Event Event City: Topeka, Kansas Services Provided: Professional Stand-up Comedian Website:American Legion Post #1 Written Testimonial:Click Here Sold Out Crowd:Click Here
I was in charge of planning the five and ten year anniversary dinner for St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana this year. I knew exactly where I was going to have it, the kind of menu I wanted, and how we would handle certain aspects of the program, but I was struggling with what to do about the entertainment. I knew that I wanted the honorees in attendance to feel appreciated and have a great time. Someone suggested having a comedian, and as I searched the Internet I found "Squishy".
Squishy absolutely made the evening a success! Everyone was talking about his performance the next day, and months later we are still talking and laughing about it.
Squishy was a class act from beginning to end. To prepare for that night he asked about his audience, who would be attending and what our objectives were. I told him we wanted our team members to feel "happy, light-hearted, and appreciated" and he nailed it.
He was amazing at integrating some of the humorous situations
that I shared with him that I knew the audience would appreciate and making them so hilarious!
He also asked a lot about our company's culture and about working in healthcare, what topics would be fun to incorporate and if there were sensitive issues to stay away from. He was able to integrate certain "phrases" and "jargon" into the presentation. (PRN, NPO, LVAT) and touch upon being in the Healthcare Field and the frustrations that are involved; i.e., Adapting to Technology, working with frustrated patients, and working with less. He also a made a point of interacting with several of us in the audience during his show - making it extra special and personal.
Squishy did a great job entertaining and motivating our team and he was very
professional to work with. Everyone had a great time. Several people mentioned to me that they were looking to see where else he was performing so they could go see him! I have had many requests to have him come back for next year's event. I really appreciate the gift that he added to the evening.
Hired by: Lauri Yancey, Human Resources Specialist Organization: St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana Event Date: November 7th, 2013 Event Type: Corporate Event Event City: Indianapolis, Indiana Services Provided: Corporate Comedian, Motivational Speaker Website:St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana Video Testimonial:Click Here Written Testimonial:Click Here
I am pleased to recommend Kevin Barber, LSCW, LCSW (A.K.A.
Squishy Man) as a "Traveling Therapist, Comedy Counselor'' in a
corporate/business setting. We recently hired Squishy for an annual
research study retention event to provide entertainment and a
motivational/inspirational message to the study participants and
were very happy with the experience and results.
Squishy responded to our request for the speaking engagement
immediately and was very accommodating both in terms of
availability and budget. He took a substantial amount of time
learning about that group that he would be speaking to and adapted
his performance to the crowd appropriately. His performance was
funny, inspiring, uplifting, and relatable.
Overall, we were pleased with the success of the event and would
recommend Squishy as a speaker for future events of this nature.
Hired by: Jessie E., MPH, CPH, Research Project Manager Organization: Univ of Pittsburgh Medical Center Event Date: January 10th, 2013 Event Type: Corporate Event, "Tribetes Study Event" Event City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Services Provided: Corporate Comedian, Motivational Speaker Website:Univ of Pittsburgh Medical Center Written Testimonial:Click Here
Squishy was Astounding, Engaging and Hilarious. We hired Squishy for our
Annual Pharmaceutical Convention in January. Our conventions usually
average 600 attendees and we typically have the traditional singer,
magician, or hypnotist as entertainment. However, this year we decided
to go with a Motivational/Inspirational Speaker - Corporate Comedian.
Squishy was like a diamond in the rough. We had looked through GigSalad/GigMaster
for hours trying to find a good fit for our convention. However, Squishy had the
right amount of experience, credentials, and wit.
Squishy was very professional. He adapted well to our audience. Within seconds,
Squishy had the crowd laughing. Squishy uses his "Squishy" persona to hide the
therapist hidden inside. He shared many inspirational stories that fit perfectly
and invigorated our audience. We would highly recommend Squishy.
Hired by: Cynthia Childs-Roth, Human Resources Director Organization: J & J Pharmaceuticals Event Date: January 6, 2012 Event: Convention in Columbus, Ohio Services provided: Corporate Comedian, Motivational Speaker Website:J & J Pharmaceuticals
Squishy Man recently conducted a diversity training for our group of
150 Community Action employees. He is an extraordinary presenter that
knows how to capture the attention of an audience with his unique humor
and contagious energy.
He combines his personal experiences and relevant research to present
information in a creative style that leaves people rolling in their seats
with laughter and enlightened at the same time. He delivered a powerful
message with a comedic style that will not be forgotten
Hired by: Angela Franklin, Director of Community Services Organization: NW OHIO COMMUNITY ACTION COMMISSION Event Date: April 27th, 2012 Event Type: In-Service Training Event City: Archbold, Ohio Services Provided: In-Service Trainer, Leadership/Success Speaker,
Motivational Speaker, Storyteller Website:NW OHIO COMMUNITY ACTION COMMISSION Video Testimonial:Click Here
We hired Squishy for our annual company banquet to entertain and motivate. We were very happy with the results. His performance was right on the money. He did a great job getting to know who we are and adapted his performance accordingly.
I had requested funny, motivating and clean; and Squishy came through. He made me look good for hiring him.
Hired by: Bryan Smith, Manager of Operations Organization: Centrol Crop Consulting Event Date: February 25th, 2012 Event Type: Corporate Event Event City: Bloomington, Minnesota Services Provided: Corporate Comedian, Motivational Speaker Website:Centrol Crop Consulting Video Testimonial:Click Here
We hired Squishy Man for our employee appreciation day with the purpose of relaxing and laughing together. Squishy was accommodating to perform a "clean" show. The staff had a really, REALLY great time and was talking about it for days after.
Squishy was hilarious and many of us had tears of laughter streaming down our faces! Squishy helped make our event really memorable!
My name is Jackie Knight owner of Gypsy Comedy Club in St. Augustine, Florida. I have been in the entertainment/comedy business for over 40 years. I have meet such celebrities as Tony Bennett and Jimmy Durante. I have worked with comedy legends like; Tommy Davidson, Ron White, and Robin Williams. I can honestly say that "Squishy" will be one of the greats.
It is a pleasure to work with "Squishy." He is truly a professional on and off the stage. You can tell he takes pleasure is what he does. He has a unique "Storytelling ability." He can en trace the audience to where you can hear a "pin-drop" and then "deliver the humor" and have the audiences cheering and standing on their feet.
If you are contemplating "Hiring" Squishy, you definitely won't be disappointed.
Hired by: Jackie Knight, Owner Organization: Gypsy Comedy Club Event Date: Annually Event Type: Comedy Club Show Event City: St. Augustine, Florida Services Provided: Professional Comedian Website:Gypsy Comedy Club
Our club has featured comedy for over 20 years and Squishy Man is one of our regularly touring headline comedians. He has always been professional, courteous, on-time, and most importantly: funny. He has a great ability to adapt to an audience, whether club or corporate. Give him a call and have him rescue your next event.
Hired by: Harvey Boyd, Owner Organization: Harvey's South Street Comedy Club Event Date: Annually Event Type: Comedy Club Show Event City: Jackson, Tennessee Services Provided: Professional Comedian Website:Harvey's South Street Comedy Club
I have hired Squishy Man on two different occasions and both times he performed flawlessly and professionally! Our audiences love when he comes to town and he keeps them laughing and having a great time the entire show. I highly recommend Squishy to anyone and everyone!!
Hired by: Brian Rodgers, Owner Organization: The District Acoustic Cafe Event Date: Annually Event Type: Comedy Club Show Event City: Hutchinson, Kansas Services Provided: Professional Comedian